Ramnavami - the birthday of Lord Rama - is one of the most important festivals of the Hindus, celebrated on the ninth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Chaitra. This year Ramnavmi falls on Friday, April 19. At Ayodhya, believed to be the birthplace of Sri Rama, a big fair is being held on this day. Devotees have reached the city from far-flung places to take a holy dip in river and participate in birthday celebrations of Lord Rama there.
The chanting of the name of Shri Rama and celebration reaches its peak at middle of Hindu day or Madhyana in the temples dedicated Lord Rama on this day.
The spiritual significance of the day for Hindus is that on this day, observing fast, repeating the name of Rama and resolving to lead
a righteous life purify the mind. The temples of Lord Rama are decorated profusely and His idols are richly adorned. In addition, at temples and in many households, the holy Ramayana is read at a stretch.
According to Swami Bhajanananda, "Shri Ram as a Divine Incarnation has shown man the righteous path. Despite many vicissitudes, turmoils, privations, miseries, unendurable sorrows and insurmountable difficulties; Shri Rama's teachings can be viewed broadly from two points of view. Incarnate as a man, he shows us the righteous way of life and in doing so expounded the secrets of Dharma both by precept and example. He also shoed the Divinity in Him and revealed the true nature of the Godhead."
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