Ram Navami

Definition - What does Ram Navami mean?

Ram Navami is the celebration of the birth of the Hindu god Rama, who embodies chivalry and virtue and who is worshiped as the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the supreme god in Vaishnavism. The festival is held in the spring, in either March or April.

Devotees participate in devotional worship (puja), the reading of Rama stories like the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, community meals and charitable events. Some Hindus fast during Ram Navami and take time for moral reflection.

Yogapedia explains Ram Navami

Ram Navami is a part of and held on the final day of Vasanta or Chaitra Navratri, the nine-day spring festival that celebrates the change of seasons and that honors the feminine divine energy Shakti.

Ram Navami is held on the ninth day of shukla paksha (the waxing moon) in the Hindu month of Chaitra. According to Hindu mythology, Vishnu descended to Earth as Rama through birth to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya in Ayodhya. Vishnu incarnated as Rama in order to rid the world of the demon King Ravana, which he does in the Ramayana.

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