Friday, 27 March 2015


Today is Ram Nauami
Wishing all my Facebook Twitter &  Blog friends a HAPPY RAMNAUMI
Rama Nawami is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of the Lord Rama to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya in Ayodhya.  The holy day falls in the Shukla Paksha on the Navami, of Chaitra in the Hindu calendar. It also  marks the end of the nine-day Chaitra-Navaratri celebrations.
At some places the festival lasts the whole nine days of the Navaratri  thus the period is called 'Sri Rama Navaratra'. It is marked by continuous recitals, Akhand Paath, mostly of the Ramacharitamanas, organized several days in advance to culminate on this day with elaborate bhajan, kirtan and distribution of prasad after the puja and aarti. Images of the infant Rama are placed on cradles and rocked by devotees. Community meals are also organized. Since Rama is believed to have been born at noon, temples and family shrines are elaborately decorated and traditional prayers are chanted together by the family in the morning. Also, at temples, special havans are organized  along with Vedic chanting of mantras and offerings of fruits and flowers. Many followers mark this day by fasting through the day followed by feasting in the evening  or at the culmination of celebrations. In South India, in Bhadrachalam, the day is also celebrated as the wedding anniversary of Rama and his consort Sita. Sitarama Kalyanam, the ceremonial wedding ceremony of the divine couple is held at temples throughout the south region  with great fanfare and accompanied by group chanting of name of Rama.
The important celebrations on this day take place at Ayodhya ,Sitamarhi) (Bihar), Bhadrachalam (Telangana) and Rameswaram  thronged by thousands of devotees.  Shobha yatras of Rama, Sita, his brother Lakshmana and Hanuman are taken out at several places including Ayodhya where thousands of people take a dip in the sacred river Sarayu.
Jai jai Ram