April 15, 2016
|Last Year (2015)||28 March|
|Present Year (2016)||15 April|
|Next Year (2017)||5 April|
Ramnavami is celebrated on the ninth day of the month of Chaitra (first month according to Hindu calendar), celebrating the birth of Lord Rama. He is known as the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Rama was born to King Dashrath and Queen Kaushalya in Ayodhya. Ramnavami usually falls in the Shukla Paksha (Fortnight in Hindu calendar). Lord Rama is said to take birth so that he could help his devotees to fight Adharma (evilness) over Dharma (righteous concepts including law, order, duty, custom, quality). He protects his devotees by eliminating the roots of Adharma. Lord Rama is a husband of Sita, Master of Lord Hanuman and also righteous Lord of three worlds.
When Is It Celebrated?
This holy day is celebrated on the auspicious ninth day of the month of Chaitra according to Hindu calendar. This day also marks the end of nine days ongoing ceremony which is Chaitra Navratri or Vasanth Navratri. It is observed in diverse parts of India in special ways. As Lord Rama is believed to be born in noon hence all the ceremonies of celebration take place in an afternoon. Along with this, different presentations of Ramcharitmanas (An epic poem of Awadhi dialect of Hindi Language) are done prior to seven days of Ram Navami.
How It Is Celebrated?
The important celebration of this day is celebrated in Ayodhya, which is the birthplace of Lord Rama and in JanakPurdham (Nepal) where millions of devotees assemble together. Many of the people coming in Ayodhya also take a bath in sacred river of Sarayu. Images of infant Rama are also kept in cradle ad are rocked by devotees as a religious gesture. This day is celebrated in a grand way while all the temples are decorated and different mantras are chanted to signify the celebration. Many people also do fasting in order to show their devotion to Lord Rama. Along with this, community meals are also organised.
In many places, this day is marked as wedding anniversary of Lord Rama with Sita. The ritual wedding ceremony of this couple is also celebrated in temples.