Happy Sri Rama Navami Images – Rama Navami/ Sri Rama Navami is an auspicious occasion that is traditionally celebrated by the people who follow Hinduism as the Lord Rama’s birthday. It is the day on which Lord Rama, who is said to be the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu took birth in a human form in the land of Ayodhya. The lord’s birth had taken place on Navami in the Shukla Paksha, the ninth day of the month of Chaitra as per the Hindu Calender. In short, the day is called as Chaitra Masa Suklapaksha Navami which also marks the end of the nine-day long celebrations called Chaitra Navaratri/ Vasantha Navaratri/ Vasanthothsava/ Sri Rama Navaratri which starts on Yugadi/ Ugadi/ Gudi Padwa. Though this day is celebrated as Lord Rama’s Birthday, his wedding with his wife Sita also falls on the same day and hence, great celebrations will be organized all over the country especially in the Southern part of India in which a traditional wedding/ marriage ceremony of the pair will be organized in pandals and temples. Rama, known as Maryada Purushottam which means an ideal, great, righteous, or a perfect human being as the best son, best husband, best king, best father, best brother.
According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu had taken the form of a normal human being for destroying Asura and to teach the world to choose dharma over Artha and Moksha over the Kama through his noble and divine choices. All across India, this day is celebrated as Lord Rama’s birthday as well as the day he got married to Sita. Importantly, some important celebrations happen on this day at Ayodhya (UP), Bhadrachalam (Telangana), Rameshwaram (TamilNadu), and Sitamarhi (Bihar). The festival is celebrated to memorialize the birth of Sri Rama who is remembered for his prosperous and righteous reign. Normally, Sri Rama Navami is celebrated for 10 days and people from different regions of the country follow different celebrations of showing their devotion towards lord Rama. In Andhra Pradesh, the festival is celebrated for 10 days starting from the Chaitra Saptami to the Bahula Padyami. On Navami, the priests in the temples re-enact the whole marriage of Sri Rama and Sita, since it is also the day in which they got married. In Ayodhya, thousands of devotees gather at a place to celebrate this festival as a huge fair. After the marriage ceremony and other rituals, community lunch will be organized in which a special drink will be offered known as ‘Panakam’ which is made out of Jaggery and black pepper. Later in the evening, the chariot processions, also known as Ratha Yatra/ Shobha Yatra of Rama and Sita along with Laxmana and Hanuman will be organized and are taken out at different places. In Ayodhya, all the devotees take a dip in the sacred river called ‘Sarayu’ along with the idols.
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