Ram Navami, the ninth day of Navratri is known as Navami. It has finally arrived and the celebrations are on in full swing. The ninth day of the Navratri festival is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and grandeur by Hindus across India, especially Northern and Western India.
During these nine days, the nine forms of Durga – Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri, the nine beautiful, divine, radiant, forms of Goddess are worshipped.
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Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu is an important pilgrimage for Hindu devotees from all around the world, due to its importance in the Ramayana. Thousands take a holy dip in the sea and offer prayers at the sacred Ramanathaswamy temple.
Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh plays host to important Ram Navami celebrations, with chariot processions of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman. Devotees gather at River Sarayu to take a dip on this religious day. The town also hosts fairs such as Ram Lila and Ram Navami with colourful and fun activities for all ages.
It is an important festival for the people belonging to the Vaishnavas community in Bihar. In this state, the devotees take part in ‘sat sangs’, a public gathering on the eve of Ram Navami.
However, the dandiya and garba dance prominently play in Maharashtra and Gujarat. The eight days of the festival is widely celebrated as Ashtami. On this occasion, people invite girls below 12 years age and worship them as Kanjak, the avatar of Maa Durga.