Ramnavami is one of the prominent festivals for Hindus all over the world. It is celebrated over a period of nine-days, usually in the month of April (Chaitra). Ramanavami is the auspicious day when Lord Vishnu, incarnated in this world in a human form as Lord Rama, to destroy the demon King Ravana. This was also the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Lord Rama was the divine ruler of the kingdom of Ayodhya. Hence the city of “Ayodhya” carries historical significance even to this day. Thousands of devotees undertake pilgrimage to this sacred city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India to worship the benevolent Lord Rama at the temples here. The Ramaswamy temple at the Union territory of Pondichery, is one another temple, where Rama Navami is celebrated with much joy and fervor. The Vigrahas (idols) of Lord Rama, Devi Sita, along with his brother Lakshmana and the much devoted Sri Hanunam, are taken in colourful procession around the temple streets.

Most temples dedicated to lord Rama, are usually well decorated with flowers and lights for this auspicious occasion. The idol of Lord Rama is richly ornamented and is adorned with lovely garments. Worship of the deity begins with the chanting of the Vedic mantras, dedicated to the Lord with offering made in the form of fruits and flowers. Religious lectures are arranged as part of the festivities, where scholars share their knowledge on spiritual matters with the public. Various Hymns from the much revered “Ramacharitamanas” are also recited, praising the holy Lord. Devotees take part enthusiastically in these gatherings, which enlightened their mind and soul. As part of the Rama Navami celebrations, devotees generally fast for nine days, consuming just fruit and milk. Few others fast only on the last day of the nine day festival. Interested in reading the story of Rama Navami



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