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Ram Navami: All That You Need To Know About The Festival of Joy and Devotion

Festivals have been of cultural significance ever since the human civilization has known. Celebrations make up a part of people’s everyday lives and inspire thoughts of a better perspective. People of various religions, caste, gender join together to become a functional unit. Our vibrant cultures rare evident of this aspect and the nation’s economy thrives on this triumph over differences. Festivals in India have originated from various beliefs and traditions. Whether it is celebrating to worship a deity or to build bonds of trust, festivals have originated for all good reasons and celebrated with complete vigor. One of such festivals has been Ram Navami. 

Celebration of  Ram Navami 

The festival is generally celebrate in the months of March or April. A popular festival especially among the Vaishnavs of Hindu Caste, Ram Navami marks the birth anniversary of Lord Rama. People celebrate this day with devotion and joy, organize devotional song recitation and worship the infant, Lord Rama. 

In the southern parts, the festival of Rama Navami is symbolic of the onset of preparations for the widely popular Jagannath Ratha Yatra. The states of Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Jharkhand, Bihar, and some more southern states celebrate the festival, where the roots of the festival are quite deep. 

The celebration of the festival is seen as people worship the miniature statues of the deity, perform their daily duties of bathing them, and put them in a comfortable cradle. Fasts are an important part of devotees during this period. It is believe to help achieve salvation to the soul.

Historical Significance behind it

Every year, the festival made out of pure devotion. Ram Navami is celebrate on the ninth which is also the last day of the Chaitra Navratri. However, Lord Rama is popularly believed to be the seventh form of Lord Vishnu. The occasion of Ram Navami celebrates the birth anniversary of the deity. As he descended upon the earth, as the son of King Dasaratha and Queen Kaushalaya. 

Although the festival marks the name of Lord Rama. It is also celebrated as a reverence to the deities Sita, Hanuman, Lakshmana, and Surya. The festival denotes the win of Good over evil. 

In Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama. The day comprises of taking a dip in the popularly referred sacred River Sarayu followed by a visit to the Rama Temple. The early morning routine comprises offering water to the Sun God as a sign of respect. Surya is believe to be an ancestor of Lord Rama. 

Therefore, Festivals have always been the heart of India. They bring a sense of Joy, Devotion, and freshness to the minds of individuals. With the pomp and celebrations, precaution to stop crowding is of utmost necessity. So, Celebrate from your home through social media because in times of Uncertain waves of Pandemic, Yeh Bhi Theek Hai!

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