The significance of Ram Navmi
Ram Navami is the festival of great significance for the people of the Hindu religion. Celebrating the festival of Ram Navami on the 9th day of Chaitra month shows the taking away of bad powers and means of entry of divine power on the earth.
To remove the Asura power on the earth for maintaining the Dharma,
Lord Vishnu had to take birth on the earth as a son of the Ayodhya King Dasharatha.
Ram Navami is a ritual festivity for the people of the Hindu religion which they commemorate with full of energy for their soul and body purification.
Lord Rama came to the earth to do a special responsibility means to demolish the demon Ravana in order to keep the Dharma.
This festival celebration shows the victory of goodness and defeat of evil power and starts up of the Dharma after removal of Adharma.
Ram Navami festival celebration starts with the Jal giving in the early morning to the Hindu God,
Sun to obtain blessings from the supreme power as people beliefs the God Sun as a forebear of Lord Rama.
People include in singing the devotional songs for the complete day as well as listening to the recitations from the various Hindu religious books.
The religious people sing Vedic mantras of the community on this occasion.
At some place, people do a religious and cultural event called Ramlila to appears the history of Ram Navami in front of people.
People play the whole history of the life of Lord Rama with the help of their dramatic performances.
Chariot processing is a magnificent and the ritual event of the Ram Navami festival to show the peaceful Ram Rajya in which people decorate the idol of the Rama, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman in the proper way to start processing on the streets.
Generally, people like to have a holy bath in the Saryu River, which is in Ayodhya having of the complete purification of the body and soul.
People from South India celebrate this moment as a wedding anniversary of the Rama and Sita which is the symbol of enhancing the love bondage between husband and wife.
Fasting on Rama Navami
Fasting on Ram Navami is assumed as auspicious and its objective is to attain perfection as a human being, and not to expect favors from the deity.
In many ways, devotees observe fasting viz, beginning from the first day of Chaitra fasting,
they do for nine days, fasting till midnight, fasting till noon and eating just once.
As a meal during the fast, it may include fruits and fruit extracts. Alternatively, if eating a full meal, it may include potatoes without turmeric, garlic, ginger or onion, fruits, and vegetables. Water, milk, curd, tea, and coffee are permitted.
A variety of rituals can be seen on Ram Navami.
Usually, Bhajan programs are organized in homes and temples,
Which either the Akhanda Ramayana Pat is performed or Sundarkand is chanted.
Performing Akhanda Ramayana Pat may involve chanting of entire Ramcharitmanas which usually takes 24 hours.
Chanting of Sunderland,
which discusses exploits of Hanuman’s and his meeting with Sita in Lanka, takes 3 hours.
Remembrance of Valmiki Ramayana or pandal programs describes Ramayana is usually conducted in temples.
The Ramayana preachers are performed by pundits or professional storytellers.
In some places, the festival is also called as ‘Sri Rama Navaratra’ and lasts for nine days
starting from Ugadi and ending on Ram Navami.
Continuous musical performance may start several days in advance to culminate on Ram Navami.
There is a believe that Rama is born at noon, group prayers are performed,
in the morning at cleverly decorated temples or family shrines.
The offerings of fruits and flowers, Pujas, also give Prasad and community meals are other activities observed at this time.
In some places, Rama’s childhood images are placed on cradles and are rocked by devotees.
A popular event observed as part of celebrations in North India,
The Ratha Yathra or Sobha Yathra in which a procession is conducted,
With four persons enacting lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman in a cheerfully decorated chariot.