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Leaders greet people on Ramnavami, urge for righteous conduct
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee while greeting the nation on the eve of Ramnavami said, 'Let us strive to emulate Bhagwan Shri Ram's ideals of rectitude, compassion and forbearance. May Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram's noble example remain an eternal beacon inspiring us to tread the path of righteous conduct at all times.'

The Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari, said, “I extend my greetings and best wishes to all our citizens on the auspicious occasion of Ramnavami, which marks the birthday of Lord Rama. May the eternal message of Lord Rama guide us all on the righteous path. On this joyous occasion, let us resolve to dedicate ourselves towards building a peaceful, just and harmonious society.”

Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister, while greeting the people on the auspicious occasion of Ramnavami, described the festival as a celebration of Lord Ram's life of righteousness and truth, and urged people to renew their commitment to these ideals.

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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