Rama Navami celebrates the birth of Rama, seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu and guardian of humanity. He is committed to evolving us to higher states of being.
Lord Rama: The Celebration of Rama Navami
Lord Rama, also known as Ram or Ramachandra, is regarded as the personification of perfection. He is the seventh divine avatar, or incarnation, of Lord Vishnu. Rama is always portrayed as youthful and typically has green or blue skin, holds a bow and arrows, and wears a yellow robe.
Rama is one of the most widely worshiped Hindu gods and is recognized as the embodiment of chivalry and virtue. It is believed that he was an actual historical figure, and that he was born to Earth in order to vanquish the evil forces of the time. He was, in all regards, the perfect man.
Every year on the ninth day of Chaitra, the first month in the Hindu calendar, a celebration occurs marking the anniversary of Rama’s birth. This celebration is known as Rama Navami.
Starting on the first day of Chaitra, many observers begin a fast that will conclude with Rama Navami on the ninth day. This happens sometime between March and April on the Georgian calendar and this year the celebration will fall on April 2, 2020.
How Rama Navami is Celebrated
People celebrate Rama Navami through chants and prayers, as well as a holy offering from God known as prasaad. Images of Lord Rama are kept in temples and homes to be worshiped. In the morning observers offer fruits and flowers, recite traditional prayers, and chant hymns. The celebration usually peaks close to the afternoon, near the time it is believed that Rama was born.
During Rama Navami celebrations you might see some of these special rituals:
- Offerings through chanting of hymns and devotional songs in temples and designated public places
- Brightly colored processions with idols and small children dressed as gods
- An offering of Panaka, a sweet drink with jaggery and laced with powdered pepper which is served to all
- An exchange of greetings and good wishes for the occasion
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