Ram Navami Festival in Nepal. 14th April 2018
Lord Ram is considered to be another incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu.
The Nepalese have an ingrained opinion and devout confidence in him. His control, clean heart, kindness, love, bravery, peacefulness and his expressiveness in speech gave him the desired status amongst his devotees.
Ram Navami is one of the well-known festivals of the Hindus. It falls on the Navami of Shukla Paksha of Chaitra Month that is consistent with the Hindu calendar. These days it is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ram, the son of King Dasharatha. Ram is the seventh incarnation of the Hindu god - Vishnu.
Ram Navami, marks the quiet of the nine-day utsava referred to as Chaitra Navratri. On the day of Ram Navami, the houses are cleaned, and pictures of Lord Ram are placed on a platform in preparation for the puja. Bhajan (devotional songs) praising the exploits of Lord Ram are sung at various houses and temples. This day is celebrated as Ram Navami festival all over Nepal and in India.
His life story is told on the lots much adored Hindu epic- the “Ramayana.” It is believed that the planet became under the control of an evil and monstrous mischievous sprite king Ravan, before the birth of Lord Ram. Ravan had pleased Lord Brahma, who bestowed on Ravan a boon that no God or demon could kill him. This gave Ravan protection from everyone apart from a mortal. In order to get rid of the evil ruler, Lord Vishnu took the form Lord Ram in the town of Ayodhya.
Why is Ram Navami celebrated?
King Dasharatha, who ruled over Ayodhya, had one stress – none of his three queens were able to give him any sons. Lord Vishnu gave them nectar to drink, and momentarily the eldest son Ram was born to the first queen, the second queen gave birth to Bharat, and the third queen had the twins, Lakshmana and Shatrughana. All 4 of them became ideal youths, but it became Ram who grew up in charm and chivalrous charisma.
King Janak, who ruled the Mithila Kingdom in the southern part of Nepal, had a lovely daughter known as Sita. When she turned 16, Janak detained a top notch match wherein it became introduced that the one who could cord the perfect curtsy of Lord Shiva would be successful to come first and win the hands of fair Sita.
Princes and Kings from far and wide tried to do it however all failed. However, Lord Ram did not just bend the arrow but also managed to snap it into two. Therefore, Lord Ram won the hand of Sita, who was seen as the epitome of womanhood- stunning, pious, loyal, mild and modest.
At some stage during his 14-year exile of Ram, the demonic Ravan abducted Sita. However, she determinedly resisted his advances. It was the loyal servant monkey Hanuman, son of the Wind-god who located Sita’s location. Ravan had taken her to his beautiful kingdom Lanka, a mythical country now believed to have been Sri Lanka. Finally, with the assistance of Hanuman and the monkey horde; Ram and Lakshman slew the evil Ravan and eradicated the entire dynasty of demons from the earth.
It is for that reason Ram Navami is celebrated as Lord Ram’s Birthday. It is marked with a pleasant lot of ceremony at Janaki Mandir in Janakpur. Vast processions of elephants, and bullock carts and ever so often as much as 100,000 pilgrims visit this city, dancing and singing songs that praise Lord Ram.
In the Kathmandu hundreds of humans, including the royal circle of relatives, visit the temples to give respect to Ram, as symposiums are detained to praise the right existence he used to live. In Bhaktapur, the neighboring city of Kathmandu, the humans go to the banks of the waterway Hanumante; there is a temple containing the statue of Ram with his devoted servant Hanuman is located. As a consequence, Ram Navami is widely known at some point of the kingdom with incredible fanfare.
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