March 25, 2018
March 25, 2018
Rama Navami is celebrated on the ninth day i.e. the last day of Chaitra Navaratri. This year, Rama Navami is celebrated on 25th March, Sunday. Rama Navami is a Hindu or Vedic festival that is celebrated every year on the last day of Chaitra Navaratri. It is a Hindu festival which celebrates the birth of Lord Ram. The day is celebrated with great pomp and fervour in the country, especially in Ayodha which is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram. It is generally celebrated in the Shukla Paksha on the Navami. It is also known as Chaitra Masa Suklapaksha Navami.
It is one of the most important Hindu festivals. People carry out Rathayatras, the chariot procession which is also known as Shobha yatras of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman. At Ayodhya, devotees take a dip in the scared river, Sarayu on the holy day. Followers also perform Kalyanotsavam (marriage) with deities of Rama and Sita in their homes. Some also take the procession of the streets. The day also marks the end of nine-day utsava called Chaitra Navaratri in Maharashtra or Vasanthothsava in Andhra Pradesh, which is a spring festival and Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra.
Some Hindu devotees also place the idol of Rama in a cradle, symbolising the birth of the Lord. Community meals are also held. The day is remembered for Lord Ram’s prosperous and right reign. The main attraction of the day is the Rathyatra which is a decorated chariot in which four persons enact the divine pastimes of Rama.
Rama Navami is the festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Ram. It is celebrated on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha (or bright phase of the lunar fortnight) in the month of Chaitra(mid-march) of the Hindu or Lunar calendar. This typically occurs in the Gregorian months (the most commonly used calendar worldwide) of March or April every year. Ram Navami falls on a different day and date every year because it is based on the Hindu or Lunar calendar, in which every month is 28 days (based on the lunar cycle).