Good morning/Good afternoon/Good evening my friends, wherever you are! This 11:00pm. 19th April, 2013, Friday in India.
Since last two weeks, I have been facing so many problems with Internet! I have not able to blog properly in my way! After changing some system; now I think the problems are solved and hope it will be alright in future. Let’s hope for good in future!
Friends, today is Ram Nabami in India. It’s a festival celebrated almost all over in India. The Ramayana is one of the two great epics of India (the other being the Mahabharata) and Rama is one of the protagonists of the tale. Portrayed as the seventh avatar of the God Vishnu. The birthday of Lord Rama is enthusiastically celebrated on the ninth day of the waxing moon in the month of Chaitra and the day is called ‘Ram Nabami’.
Sri-Ramnavami is dedicated to the memory of Lord Rama. It occurs on the ninth day (navami) of Navratre. The festival commemorates the birth of Rama who is remembered for his righteous reign. Ramrajya (the reign of Rama) has become synonymous with a period of peace and prosperity. Mahatma Gandhi also used this term to describe how according to him, India should be after independence.
Ramnavami occurs in the month of March. Celebrations begin with a prayer to the Sun early in the morning. At midday, when Lord Rama is supposed to have been born, a special prayer is performed. In northern India especially, an event that draws popular participation is the Ramnavami procession. The main attraction in this procession is a gaily-decorated chariot in which four persons are dressed up as Rama, his brother Laxman, his queen Sita and his disciple Hanuman. Several other persons dressed up in ancient costumes as work by Rama's solders accompany the chariot. The procession is a gusty affair with the participants shouting praises echoing the happy days of Rama's reign.