Ram Navami is the most revered hindu festival in India. The festival celebrates the birth of Lord Rama, who is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This sacred day usually falls in the Shukla Paksha on the Navami, the ninth day of the month of Chaitra in the Hindu Calender. In most parts of India places the festival lasts the whole nine days of the Navaratri, thus the period is called \'Sri Rama Navaratra\'. This year Ram Navami will be celebrated on 5th April.
Lord Rama is one of the most sung-about deities in Indian classical music and literature; weeklong musical programs are also organized at some places. The famous saints and pandits recite discourses on the Ramayana. These events, which spread positivity and spirituality, attract huge masses and the festival is celebrated with great joy and devotion.
· Devotees organize ‘Akhanda Path’ mostly of Ramcharitamanas, several days in advance only to conclude on this day with elaborate Bhajan, Kirtan.
· Many followers mark this day by vrata (fasting) throughout, followed by feasting in the evening, or at the culmination of celebrations.
· Several devotees in Ayodhya take a dip in the holy river ‘Sarayu’.
· On the occasion of Ram Navami, a Rath Yatra or a chariot procession is also taken out in Ayodhya, with the idols of Ram, Sita, Laxman, and Hanuman. The Rath Yatra is believed to spread spiritual enlightenment and good luck forever in life.
Due to widespread use of western calendar people assume 12 p.m. as Madhyahna moment (the moment when Shri Rama was born), but the exact time to celebrate birthday of Lord Rama falls between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. due to difference between sunrise and sunset timings.