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How To Celebrate Sri Rama Navami

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Sri Rama Rameti Rame Raame Mano Rame
Sahasranama Tattulyam Rama Nama Vara Nane

This is the most powerful sloka from Vishnu Sahasranamam and it is believed that reciting these two lines for 3 times is equal to reciting Vishnu Sahasranamam. It is also believed that Rama Namam more powerful than Sri Rama Himself.

Sri Rama Navami is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated across the country with much devotion. However the way people celebrate this festival varies from region to region.

Importance and Significance of Sri Rama Navami

The festival of Sri Rama Navami is celebrated on the 9th day (navami) after moonless night i.e. Amavasya in the Hindu month of Chaitram which is the first month in the Hindu calendar. The festival is dedicated to Sri Rama who is believed to be the 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu who descended on Earth in a highly civilized human form on a specific task.

It is on this day in the Treta Yuga, Sri Rama was born to King Dasaratha and Queen Kausalya. And it is on the same day the divine wedding of Sri Rama and Sita Devi took place. Due to this reason Sri Sita Rama Kalyanam (wedding ceremony of the divine couple) is celebrated in the grandest way in most of the Rama temples in South India.

Sri Rama Navami celebrations across the country

The festival celebrations are different in different regions of the country. However devotees across the country are engaged in the worship of Sri Rama and Sita Devi. In most of the Rama temples across the country devotees are engaged in singing bhajans and kirtans which is followed by poor feeding. In some temples devotees are engaged in mass recitation of Sundara Kanda Parayan, Vishnu Sahasranama Parayan. In some temples, devotees listen with mesmerism as the priests / scholars read Ramayana, Sri Ram Charit Manas, Sri Rama Vijayam and other such sacred texts.

In some regions local stage artists enact the important incidents of Ramayana like Lanka Dahan by Lord Hanuman and Ravan Vadh i.e. Sri Rama killing Ravana - the 10-headed king of Lanka.

Sri Rama Navami celebrations in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

The people of Telugu-speaking states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana celebrate Sri Rama Navami in a very special way which is a worth mention. Bhadrachalam temple was the official temple in the united Andhra Pradesh where Sri Rama Navami used to celebrated in a grand way which was aired live on various TV channels and was witnessed by many devotees. After the formation of Telangana state, Bhadrachalam became a part of Telangana state and hence Vontimitta temple in YSR Kadapa district was declared as the official temple of Andrha Pradesh for Sri Rama Navami celebrations. It is customary for the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh to offer Pattu Vastralu (natural pure silk clothes) to the divine groom Sri Rama and divine bride Sita Devi.

Rama Rasam

Rama rasam is a special sweet drink prepared by the Telugu people only on Sri Rama Navami day and offered as prasadam (naivedyam) to Sri Rama. The drink is prepared by dissolving jaggery in water and then adding pepper powder and elaichi (cardamom) powder to the solution. For added flavor edible camphor (known as pachcha karpooram in Telugu) can also be added to the solution.

The traditional summer coolant is tasty to drink. After offering Rama rasam as naivedyam to Sri Rama in the temples, the drink is offered to devotees.

Rama Navami celebrations at home

Many Telugu people worship Sri Rama at home by reciting slokas / stotras like Sri Rama Raksha Stotram, Vishnu Sahasranam etc and then offer rama rasam and vadapappu (polished black gram soaked in water).

Music lovers sing Ramadasu Keertanas like Idigo Bhadradri Goutami Adigo Choodandi and the popular Sri Rama Navami song Pibare Rama rasam.

Date of Sri Rama Navami - April 13, 2019 (Saturday)

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