Introduction to the Ram Navami Festival
Culturally rich Rajasthan is steeped in traditions. Celebrating Festivals with a whole lot of fervor and eagerness is an integral part of its tradition. The Ram Navami Festival is celebrated in the whole of northern India including Rajasthan. The colorful people of this state are very enthusiastic about festivals in general and this festival which commemorates the birth of Lord Rama is no exception. Here too it is marked by a lot of mirth and gaiety.
History of the Ram Navami Festival
Ram, the epic hero of Ramayana is believed to be a human incarnation of Lord Vishnu, one of the most important Gods of the Hindu pantheon. In his human form, he ruled over Ayodhya and was considered to be the ideal ruler of his kingdom. Just and righteous, his reign was characterized by peace and prosperity. This festival is celebrated in memory of his birth. Even though all Hindus whole heartedly participate in this festival, the Vaishnavites are most zealous about it.
Description of the Ram Navami Festival
Morning prayers to the sun mark the beginning of the festival. Ram is believed to have been born at noon and so at noon special prayers are recited in his honor by the devotees in Rajasthan, India. The ancient texts lay emphasis on fasting on the day of Ram Navami and according to these sacred texts those who do so will definitely be granted all their wishes whereas those who do not will have to suffer in hell. Consequently most of the followers observe strict fast on this day. At midnight, they break their fast by eating the fruits which they have earlier offered to the Lord as Prasad.
Processions are also an integral part of Ram Navami celebrations. A beautifully adorned chariot comes out. Four persons dressed up as Lord Ram, his beloved brother Laxman, his dutiful queen Sita and his follower Hanuman along with several others who look like Ram's soldiers participate in it. All of them are seen cheering and shouting praises in favor of Ram.
Vedic mantras eulogizing Lord Vishnu are also chanted by the devotees. Parts of the Ramcharitamanas are recited. In some parts of Rajasthan, satsangs or public gatherings are also organized wherein Lord Rama is eloquently praised by the devotees. All in all it is an occasion when prayers are said, rituals are performed and the king is worshipped as a God.
Time for celebrating the Ram Navami Festival
Ram Navami Festival is celebrated in the month of Chaitra which corresponds to the end of the month of March and the beginning of the month of April as per the English calendar. It falls on the ninth day of the full moon period of the moon.
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