Ram Navami (also known as Sri Rama Navami or राम नवमी) is a Hindu festival to celebrate the birthday of Lord Rama, the 7th incarnation of the Dashavatara of Vishnu. Vishnu is a popular Hindu God and venerated as one of the five primary forms of God. Hindu people also call the festival as Chaitra Masa Suklapaksha Navami since it marks the end of the Chaitra Navaratri Celebrations in the Shukla Paksha of Navami or the ninth day (tithi) of Chaitra month based on Hindu calendar.
When is Ram Navami 2014?
Ram Navami 2014 falls on Tuesday, 8 April 2014.
Background of Ram Navami
Based on Ramayana, an ancient of Sanskrit epic, Sri Rama was the 7th incarnation of Vishnu who was born to the Emperor from Ayodhya, King Dasharatha, and one of his wives, Kausalya. He was born at noon on the ninth day of Chaitra in Hindu calendar. The purpose of Rama’s incarnation was to destroy Ravana, the main antagonist character in Ramayana, and to protect all of his devotees by depriving Adharma or imbalance state of universe. Thus, the birth of Sri Rama is celebrated annually as Ram Navami by Hindu people around the world.
Ram Navami 2014 Celebrations
The celebration of Ram Navami begins early in the morning with the prayer to the Sun. Since Sri Rama is believed to be born in the afternoon, a special prayer is also held at that time. The main celebration of Ram Navami takes place in Ayodhya, Bhadrachalam, and Rameswaram where thousands of devotees flock to do prayer or dip in the sacred river. In some places of India, processions of chariots decorated colorfully and boarded by people dressed up as Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, and Hanuman are organized.