Ram Navami is celebrated on the occasion of Lord Rama’s birthday. In 2012, Ram Navami falls on April first. Ram Navami falls on the ninth day of the Sukla Paksha. Rama is one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. Lord Rama was born to Dasharatha and Kausalya. Dasharatha has three wives; they were Kausalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi.
They do not have children so Rishi Vasistha advised him to perform Puthra Kamesti Yagna. As the result of Yagna, Yagneshwara appeared and offered a bowl of pudding (payasam) and told him to distribute among his wives.
After consuming this pudding, all the three Queens were conceived. Queen Kausalya gave birth to Lord Rama was born on navami. Queen Sumitra gave birth to Lakshmana and Shatrughna. Queen Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharatha.
Ram Navami day starts early in the morning with the Lord Rama Sita Kalyanam. After the completion of Kalayanam, Panagam is offered to all the devotees that are present in that occasion. Panagam is a sweet drink prepared on this auspicious day with jaggery and pepper. Most of the devotees perform fast on this day to gain the blessings of the God Sri Lord Rama. Another famous part of this festival is Ratha Yatra.
The chariot will be decorated with full of garlands and four persons enact as Lord Sri Rama, his wife Sita, his brother Lakshamana and his devotee Hanuman and followed by several soldiers. During the procession, devotees sing all the songs and mantras related to Lord Sri Rama. Another significance of the Ram Navami is Ramayana Parayana.
It is done by a pundit or a professional story teller. It starts on Ugadi and ends on Ram Navami which is of nine days.
Hindu’s usually perform Kalyanotsavam with small deities of Rama and Sita in their homes. At the end of the day, the deities are taken for procession on the streets. It indicates the nine days of Chaitra Navarathri (Maharashtra) also called as Vasanthothsava in (Karnataka and Tamil Nadu).
Devotees get gathered at famous places like Ayodhya, Ujjain and Rameshwaram on this auspicious day. Most of the devotees take bath in Rameshwaram temple before they visit the Lord Rama. By listening to Lord Rama’s story, our souls gets cleaned and we can remain pure.
Lord Rama saved the lives of many people by killing the evil named Ravana. This occasion is celebrated by burning crackers.