Hindus celebrate Chaitra Navratri nationwide with enormous endeavors. This year the celebration began on March 22 and ended on March 30, with the grand ceremony of Ram Navami. It is believed that on the ninth day of Chaitra Navratri, Lord Sri Ram was born and that day is regarded as Ram Navami in the country.
Chaitra Navratri concludes on this day and we celebrate the arrival of Lord Shri Ram, Vishnu's seventh avatar. Devotees of Maa Durga and Lord Ram perform lots of religious rituals on this day. They arrange for havans, finish the nine-day Navratri fast, visit temples, wear new garments, and more.
The Hindu calendar places Chaitra Navratri in March or April. This year, Ram Navami falls on Thursday, March 30. Lord Rama was born during Madhyahna, the Hindu midday.
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Lord Rama is a model of truth, righteousness, virtue, bravery, courage, and duty. The seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu was born in Ayodhya to King Dashratha and Queen Kaushalya in the Tretha Yug. The Hindu epic Ramayana celebrates Lord Ram's birth on Ram Navami.
Vratha Katha depicts the story of Ram Navami - since they couldn't have children, King Dashratha and his three queens—Kausalya, Kaikeyi, and Sumitra—performed the Putra Kamesti Yagna on Rishi Vashishth's advice. The three queens received Lord of Yagna-blessed kheer after the yagna. After eating the kheer, the queens conceived, and Queen Kaushalya gave birth to Rama on the ninth day of Chaitra.
It is advised that drinking Panchang is an essential part on that day and devotees may go for fasting for one day. They should worship Lord Ram, recite and listen to the epic Ramayana, celebrate the ceremonial marriage of Lord Shri Ram and Lady Sita, organize Ram Navami processions, and perform a havan before breaking the fast.