Ram Navami 2020: All you need to know

Ram Navami

Ram Navami is observed as the birth anniversary of Lord Rama. This year Rama Navami festival falls on Thursday, April 2, 2020. It is celebrated on the ninth day of Chaitra month, the first month in the Hindu lunar calendar.

Shri Ram Temple

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.

History

The history of Sri Rama Navami is Lord Rama’s birthday was marked on this day and the king of Ayodhya, Dasharatha and his wife Kausalya are the parents to Lord Rama. Dashratha had three wives named Kausalya, Sumitra, and Kaikeyi. He had no children to take up his emperor in the future. One day he was suggested by the great Rishi named Vasistha to do the Puthra Kamesti Yagna to achieve his dream for a child. After completion of Yagna, he gave a kheer to his three wives to get conceived.

Love and devotion:

Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu is an important pilgrimage for Hindu devotees from all around the world, due to its importance in the Ramayana. People take 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.

Young girls who were worshipped as ‘Kumari’

Ram Navami 2020: Rituals

On this very significant day and devotees keep a day-long fast, they worshipping Lord Rama listen or narrating the epic Ramayana or Nama Ramayanam, performing the ceremonial wedding of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita and some conduct the Rama Navami procession.

Devotees in some parts of the country also organize bhajans and kirtans for an entire nine-day Navratra period.

Under coronavirus lockdown, fans turn to ‘Ramayan’ on TV

‘Ramayana’ has been the top favourite among people since it was retelecast on Doordarshan.

On the special occassion of Ram Navami and due to the 21 day lockdown to prevent coronavirus, ‘Ramayan’ has turned a top favourite among fans yet again.

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