Ram Navami is one of the most auspicious festivals of Hindus and across the world that is observed on the Navami tithi of Chaitra month Shukla paksha, Lord Rama was born to king Dashrath and Kaushalya. On this auspicious festival, the devotees offer prayers to the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishu i.e. Lord Ram. The auspicious day falls on the last day of the nine-day festival Navratri. This year, Ram Navami is being celebrated on April 21.
Ram Navami also signifies the birth of truth, purity and happiness, all the things that Lord Rama signifies. It is believed that Lord Rama was born during the madhayhna period or the middle of the day. This is the most auspicious time to perform the Ram Navami puja rituals. The chanting and celebration reach their peak during this time of the day. Many recite and sing folklores to celebrate the festival. Worshippers also wash Lord Ram’s idols and decorate them with dresses and make the statue sit in a miniature cradle. Other devotees even organise community meals for the neighbourhood, especially to be distributed among the poor. Other people also observe a vrat (fast) at this festival. People offer sweets to one another to mark this special occasion.