Sri Rama Navami is a Hindu Festival being celebrated on the day of Chaitra Suddha Navami on the auspicious PUNARVASU - Janma Nakshatra(Birth Star) of Lord Shree Rama. The festival normally falls on the ninth day of the month of Chaitra in the Hindu Calendar(March/April).
In this year 2015, Sri Rama Navami festival will be celebrated on March 28, 2015(Saturday).
Significance of Sree RamaNavami Festival:
It is believed that on this day Lord Rama was born and years later Lord Sri Rama married Goddess Sita Devi on this day. But according to Valmiki Ramayanam, the sacred marriage of Sita and Sri Rama was held on Margashirsha Shukla Panchami(known as Vivaha Panchami).
On this holy festival day, the Kalyana Mahotsavam(Celestial Wedding Ceremony) of Lord Shree Rama with his consort Goddess Seetha is performed in a resplendent manner amid chanting of mantra by priests at Sri Rama Temples in South India.The Sri Sita Rama Kalyanam is being performed in places od Mithila and Ayodhya during another day on Vivaha Panchami as per Valmiki Ramayanam.
This holy day also marks the end of the 9 day Utsava called Chaitra Navaratri in Maharastra State which starts with Gudi Padwa Festival. And also this day signifies Vasanthotsavam(Festival of Spring) in the states of AndraPradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamilnadu.
Sri SeetaRama Kalyanotsavam at Bhadrachalam Temple, Telangana:
- Bhadrachalam Sri Sita Rama Kalyanam(Wedding Ceremony) is very famous across the world. On this auspicious day, the Kalyanotsavam is performed to Lord SriRama and Goddess Sita Devi between 10:00am and 12:30pm and sacred Talambralu showered on the deities at 12noon.
- Lakhs of Devotees congregate to witness the Sri Sita Rama Kalyana Mahotsavam with great devotional spirit in this temple.
Special Prasadam on the day of Sree Rama Navami:
Devotees make different kind of food as prasadam in different parts of India. People of South India especially make mainly three types of Prasadam during the festival day and distribute to all. They are
- Sweet Drink made with Jaggery and Pepper(called as PANAKAM in Telugu)
- Soaked Moongdal mixed with green Chilli and Mango(known as VadaPappu in Telugu)
- Sweet made with dry Coconut powder mixed with sugar and coriander.