When is Ram Navami in 2022: Ram Navami is a Hindu festival, celebrating the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya.
It is celebrated on the ninth day of Chaitra month (the first month in the Hindu lunar calendar). It marks the culmination of the spring festival of Vasanta Navratri (Chaitra Navratri) which begins on Ugadi.
Ram Navami is a gazetted holiday in several Indian states but may be celebrated on different days.
Rama is believed to have been an incarnation of the god Vishnu and a wise and good king whose reign (the “Rama Rajya”) brought about great prosperity. The holiday is also celebrated in Nepal and by Hindus around the world.
The holiday can also be called “Vaishnava” after the Hindu sect of that name, which worships Vishnu in all of his different appearances and forms. The other two major groups of Hindus are the Shaivas and the Shaktas, also named after the gods they specially pay attention to
When is Ram Navami in 2022: Date
Ram Navami is one of the most significant days observed by the Hindus, especially the followers of Vishnu. In 2022, Sri Ram Navami falls on 10th April. Ram Navami is celebrated with elaborate preparation and fervor.
The rituals in the observance of Ram Navami include recitations from ‘Ramayana’ or Tulsidas’s ‘Ramacharitmanas’, long renditions of bhajans and kirtans and awe-inspiring puja and arti. The bhajans are very uplifting as they eulogize the virtues of Lord Rama, Lakshman, Sita, and Hanuman. Hanuman is known for is his devotion to Rama, and a lot of devotees recite ‘Sunderkand’ that strengthen qualities of courage and dedication.
Ram Navami in 2022: Traditions
Rama was the seventh incarnation of Vishnu. He was the hero of the Ramayana, the ancient Sanskrit epic.
A continuous recital of the book takes place during the month of Chaitra prior to the celebration. On Ram Navami itself, the highlights of the story are read in the temple.
Houses are thoroughly cleaned on Rama Navami and a family shrine may be decorated with small statues of Rama. Offerings of flowers and fruit are placed on the shrine and prayers are recited after an early bath.
To mark the day, followers of Hinduism may fast or restrict themselves to a specific diet and won’t eat certain foods like onions, garlic, and wheat products.
The celebrations at key places associated with Sri Rama, such as Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and Ramesvaram in Tamil Nadu can attract thousands of devotees.
In some parts of India, there is a tradition of tying an earthen pot full of money on top of a tree and local youths form teams to try and claim the pot.
It isn’t as easy as it sounds; the base of the tree is covered with soft mud. And while the teams try to reach the top of the tree by forming human pyramids, the onlookers are shooting water jets at them.
The tradition is similar to ‘vutti’ which takes place during Janmashtami.
Ram Navami in 2022: Celebrations
Ayodhya, Lord Rama’s holy birth place witnesses a huge congregation of devotees who come to take a holy dip in river Saryu on the pious occasion of Ram Navami. People pray wholeheartedly to earn Lord Rama’s blessings. A most awaited event is Ayodhya is the two-day fair that includes ‘rath yatras’, a ceremonial procession that involves carrying the deities of Ram, brother Lakshman, wife Sita, and Mahavir Hanuman in chariots.
The gaudiest aspect of the Ram Navami celebration is the Ram Navami procession. Donning a pageantry look, four persons attired suitably pose as Rama, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman and do the rounds of the city in a ‘rath’ – a ritual which devotees look forward to every year.
In South India, the Ram Navami festival carries on for nine days consisting of several elements of ceremony and rituals. Since the day coincides with the wedding of Rama and Sita, the mood on this day is extremely jubilant. The programs of kirtans, chantings and recitals lend a greatly inspiring and instructive tone to the Ram Navami celebration. In Andhra Pradesh, temples re-enact the marriage of Lord Rama and Sita on the final day of Ram Navami.