There’s a very famous and traditional song that I remember, thinking about Ram Navami Celebration in India, it is “Thumak Chalat Ram Chandra, Baajat Painjaniya and Thumak Chalat Ram Chandra”. The very old but still as fresh this song is sung in many households and temples as folklore and bhajan. Describing complete charming activities of Lord Rama as a kid makes Ram Navami (Lord Ram’s Birthday) more divine and special.
Lord Rama being one of the significant deities in India has his birthday celebrated with all zeal and enthusiasm throughout the country every year. Today in this post we are going to discuss about the major cities in India where Ram Navami celebrated with all grandeur and extravagance.
- Ram Navami Celebration in Ayodhya
- Ram Navami Celebration in Delhi
- Ram Navami Celebration in Shirdi
1. Ram Navami Celebration in Ayodhya
Ayodhya, the birth land of Lord Rama and so it is obvious that the place is filled with huge crowd during the time of Ram Navami. According to Indian Epic Ramayana, Ayodhya is the place where Lord Vishnu incarnated as Ram on earth. On the day of Ram Navami in Ayodhya several devotees put themselves on fast and avoid consuming salt, onion, garlic and other spices. People clean their houses and decorate them with mandana and flowers and prepare Jhaaki. Locals organize satsang in households and temples and also conduct Ram-Leela (imitation of Ramayan chapters). With this a huge fair is also organized here where a magnificent Rathyatra organized in Ayodhya.
2. Ram Navami Celebration in Delhi
The melting pot of culture and traditions, Delhi is one of the most prominent cities in India and that holds a significant place in India tours. When we talk about festivals, the city does not lack behind than any other place. Be it Eid or Diwali, Christmas or Guru Parv each festival is celebrated with same zeal and enthusiasm.
Ram Navami in Delhi is another prominent festival that is celebrated with all zeal throughout the capital of India. This day is celebrated on the ninth day of Chaitra Navratri and keeps fast on this day. Devotees on this day prepare food of without onion and garlic. Generally the dishes that are prepared during this day include puris, chana and halwa.
People organize small enactment of Ramayana on Ram Navmi and shows major incidents from Lord Rama’s life. On this people give visits to Ram temples in Delhi and worship him along with Laxman and Goddess Sita and Lord Hanuman. Your Delhi tourism on this day will be memorable seeing the vibrant aura of the city.
3. Ram Navami Celebration in Shirdi
Shridi, the place where Shraddha (Devotion) and Saburi (patience) house in everyone’s heart andit is majorly associated great saint Sai Baba. Devotees of all casts and religion visit Shridi throughout the year seeking for Baba’s Blessings. Ram Navami in Shridi is celebrated as a major festival along with the two other major festivals of Vijayadashmi and Gurupoornima.
According to legends once a devotee of Sai Baba was childless for several years and after many years of prayers he was blessed with a child. He went to Sai Baba for seeking his blessings and to ask his permission to organize thanks giving festival. Baba agreed and chose the day that coincides with URS, A Major Muslim festival which is celebrated to honor birth of Sufi saint Khwaja Sahab.
On the same hand it was the strategy of Sai Baba to bring two communities together and people celebrated the day for many coming several years. Later in 1912, it was revealed that this is the very day which is associated with the birth of Lord Rama. Ever Since the celebration of Ram Navami been continued in Shirdi. Sai Baba coincided decision makes Hindus and Muslims celebrated this day together with love, peace and bonhomie.
Celebration of Ram Navami in Shridi continues with many rituals which include the change of flag at Dwarkamai and new sack of wheat changed from old sack and much more. The celebration goes for three days. On first day Palki was the major attraction. On second day, Abhishek of Sai Baba is done with the holy water of Godavari River. On third day many devotional programs arranged for whole day and night.