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Ram Navami: Festival that symbolize Good over Evil

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Ram Navami is one of the well-known and most celebrated festival in the Hindu culture. It marks the culmination of the spring festival of Basanta Navratri or Chaitra Navratri. It falls on the Navami of Shukla Paksha in the month of Chaitra. Rama Navami is celebrated to remember the auspicious occasion of Lord Rama returning to his hometown Ayodhaya after living in the jungle for 14 years.

According to the Sanskrit word, ‘Ra’ means light, the rays; ‘M’ means me; `Ram´ means the light in one’s heart.  Lord Ram is hence, considered to be an avatar or the seventh reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, seventh down to earth to battle the invincible Ravana. He is known as “Maryada Purusottam” and is the emblem of righteousness. This day is remembered for his prosperous and righteous REIGN.

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 and devotees crowd the temples with flowers and other offerings and sing devotional prayers, many people conduct hawan and conclude the nine days festival of Chaitra Navratri. On this very significant day and devotees keep a day-long fast, starts in the morning and extends till the next morning.

Ram or Vishnu temples all over Kathmandu valley and in different parts of Nepal are crowded with devotees on this day. Ram Mandir in Battisputali, Changu Narayan in Bhaktapur, and Budhanilkantha Temple, Ichangu Narayan and Bichangu Narayan in Kathmandu borders are filled with devotees on this day. The Ram Janaki Temple in Janakpur also hosts thousands of visitors on this day. The Ram Janaki Temple in Janakpur is marked with a pleasant and hosts thousands of visitors on this day. This day is celebrated as Ram Navami festival all over Nepal, but it is especially celebrated in the Terai region which is believed to be the birthplace of wife of Lord Rama.

For Hindus, Lord Ram symbolizes “the ideal man” and his victory over Ravan is seen as the manifestation of good over evil.