As The 9-Day Navratras Come To An End, Know The Significance Of Ram Navami

| March 25 , 2018 , 12:17 IST

Every year, Ram Navami is marked to be the Birthday of Lord Ram, and the day is observed at the end of the 9-day Navaratri festival. This year, devotes of Lord Ram across the nation celebrated Ram Navami on March 25th.

The festival mostly celebrated in the areas of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and South India.

This day, known to be the birthday of Lord Rama, is celebrated with utmost exuberance and happiness. At some places, religious processions are taken out to hail the Lord, who is considered to have been born during the Madhyahna period, the middle of a Hindu day.

According to popular beliefs, Lord Rama is considered as the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

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People celebrate Ram Navami by performing special rituals, singing religious hymns, conducting a special puja followed by aarti at their homes to glorify the deity. 

The day is marked by Rama Katha recitals or reading of Rama stories. Some Vaishnava Hindus visit a temple, others pray within their home, and some participate in a bhajan or kirtan with music as a part of puja and aarti.

Some devotees mark the event by taking small statues of the infant Rama, washing it and clothing it, then placing it in a cradle. Charitable events and community meals are also organized. The festival is an occasion for moral reflection for many Hindus. Some mark this day by fasting.

Not only Lord Ram, but Lord Lakshman, Lord Hanuman and Goddess Sita are worshipped, owing to their important connection with Lord Ram and the Ramayana.

Some devote celebrate this day by preparing certain foods that are offered to the deity as bhog, or prasadam. Some of the traditional foods prepared during Ram Navami include Coconut ladoos, Makhana kheer, Dates halwa. Not only sweets, grand feasts are prepared in order to seek blessings from Lord Ram.