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Hindu Festival Rama Navami is celebrated for the Lord Rama’s birth, son of Queen Kausalya and King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. Lord Rama id the seventh incarnation of Dashavatara of Lord Vishnu. The festival of Rama Navami is celebrated in the Shukla Paksha of Navami, which is considered as the 9th day in the month of Chaitra, according to Hindu Calender. This festival is also named as Chaitra Masa Suklapaksha Navami. This festival also in scripts the ending of 9 days of celebration of Chaitra Navratri. This festival is among the most auspicious festivals of Hindus, mainly for the Vaishnava.
In some places of India, this festival is celebrated for complete 9 days of Navratras that is why this period of nine days is also known as “Rama Navratra”. This festive season is also marked with regular recitals of Akhand Paath, mainly of Ramacharitramanas. These paths are organized a few days before this auspicious day so that people can take advantage of this beautiful day with complete devotion. Along with bhajan and kirtans, priests distribute parsed to the gathering. This complete environment of bhajhans, kirtans and aarti is really very awesome and it gives lots of relaxation to our mind.
Lord Rama is the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and is born in the noon, so the family shrines and temples are thoroughly decorated; all this is accompanied by traditional prayers chanted by priest’s family members. All these special Navami arrangements are accompanied by havans in which Vedic chants of Vedic mantras are cited by priests. They also offer flowers and fruits. Most of the followers of Shri Rama Navami greet this day by fasting (vrata) through complete day; this is further pursued by gorge in the evening or in the zenith of the celebration.
South Indian peoples are celebrating this day as the marriage anniversary of Lord Rama with his wife Sita. The traditional marriage ceremonial of the Divine pair is organized at the temples through the southern part of India. All this southern arrangement is accompanied by chanting of the name Rama Nama Smaranam. The marriage ceremony is also celebrated in Ayodhya and Mithila through other day i.e. Vivaha ceremony, according to Valmiki Ramayana. Apart from this, the auspicious festival is celebrated in many other places like Tamil Nadu, Rameshwaram, Andhra Pradesh, Bhadrachalam, Bihar, Sitamarhi, Sita Samahit Sthal, Uttar Pradesh etc.
For celebrating this festival in Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari Temple, part of The International Society of Kirshna Consciousness (ISKON) in Juhu, approximately 30,000 devotees gathers on Rama Navami.
The celebration of this auspicious day begins with the Shobha Yatra. In this Yatra the idol of Lord Rama is carried by the devotees at Juhu Beach. All this is accompanied by a lecture on Ramayana in the auditorium of the temple which is followed by the distribution of Prasad.
In this lecture complete Ramayana is reminded in brief to the devotees gathers in the auditorium of the temple. Priests also distribute prasads to these devotees. This program is followed by chanting bhajhans related to Lord Rama and Sita.
This is a very auspicious festival. I hope you all will make yourself the part of this festival.