Ramnavami

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Ramnavami

The Sree Rama Navami festival falls in the Shukla Paksha on the Navami, the ninth day of the month of Chaitra in the Hindu calendar. Thus it is also known as Chaitra Masa Suklapaksha Navami, and marks the end of the nine-day Chaitra-Navratri celebrations. Image Courtesy:wallpapers-junction.com

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Ramnavami
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Lord Rama

Ram is the 7th incarnation of the Dashavatara of Vishnu. Rama was born at noon of the bright ninth day of Chaitra. He was believed to be the embodiment of half degree of Vishnu’s divinity, (ardha ounsh). Image Courtesy:hanumanwallpaper.blogspot.com

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Lord Rama
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History: Dasharatha

Dasharatha was the emperor of the Ayodhya and had three wives Kaushalya, Kaikeyi and Sumitra. He was also father of Lord Rama. Image Courtesy:boloji.com

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History: Dasharatha
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Putra Kameshti Yagna

King Dasharatha was worried as he had no son. On the suggestion of Rishi Vashishtha and in order to be blessed with a son he performed putra kameshti yagna with the help of Maharshi Rishyasringa. Image Courtesy:hellotrade.com

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Putra Kameshti Yagna
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Bowl of Divine Pudding (Payasam)

As the result of the yagna, Yagneshwara appears and provides Dasharatha a bowl of divine pudding (Payasam) and requests him to give it to his wives. Image Courtesy:mazhalaigal.com

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Bowl of Divine Pudding (Payasam)
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Birth of Lord Rama

Dasharatha distributed the payasam among his three wives and after some months Kausalya gives birth to Rama, Kaikeyi gives birth to Bharata, and Sumitra to twin boys, Lakshmana and Shatrughna. Image Courtesy:mazhalaigal.com

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Birth of Lord Rama
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Purpose of Birth (Incarnation)

Lord Vishnu incarnated as Rama in Treta Yug to make the earth free of demons. The main purpose for his incarnation was to kill ten headed king of demons Ravana and make people free from his terrors. Image Courtesy:diwaliwallpapers.com

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Purpose of Birth (Incarnation)
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Ramnavami Celebration : Ayodhya

Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Rama and Ramnavami is celebrated in a big way. Devotees take a dip in the Sarayu river, chant vedic mantras and observe fast on this day. Image Courtesy:shantansblog.com

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Ramnavami Celebration : Ayodhya
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Sitarama kalyanam in Bhadrachalam

In Bhadrachalam the day is also celebrated as the wedding anniversary of Sri Rama and his consort Sita. Sitarama Kalyanam, the ceremonial wedding ceremony of the celestial couple is held at temples throughout South, with great fanfare and accompanied by group chanting the name of Rama. Image Courtesy:ankusam.com

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Sitarama kalyanam in Bhadrachalam
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Rameshwaram

In Rameshwaram, thousands take a ritual bath in the sea before worshipping at the Ramanathaswamy temple. Image Courtesy:theshiva.net

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Rameshwaram
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Vrata(Fasting)

On the auspicious day of Ramnavani Hindus mark this day by Vrata (fasting) through the day followed by feasting in the evening, or at the culmination of celebrations. Image Courtesy:r7000.com

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Vrata(Fasting)
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Ramcharitmanas

At some places the festival lasts the whole nine days of the Navratras, thus the period is called 'Sri Rama Navratra'. It is marked by continuous recitals, Akhand Paath, mostly of the Ramacharitamanas, organized several days in advance to culminate on this day, with elaborate bhajan, kirtan and distribution of prasad after the puja and aarti. Image Courtesy:zimbio.com

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Ramcharitmanas
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