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Ram Navami 2023 : Date, History, Significance, Celebration

Published Date: 05-Dec-2022

Celebrated during the spring season of every year, Ram Navami marks the birth of the Hindu deity Rama who is also referred to as the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. As per Hindu calendar, Ram Navami falls on the 9th day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Chaitra. Devotees end their 9-day-long fast on this auspicious occasion. This year, Ram Navami will be celebrated on 30th March which is a Thursday. In the honor of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita, devotees visit temples and recite verses from the holy Ramayana.

Ram Navami History and Significance

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Ram Navami 2023

As mentioned earlier, Ram Navami is celebrated to honor the incarnation of Lord Vishnu’s seventh avatar, Marayada Purshottam Sri Ram. One of the oldest festivals of India, this day is believed to date back to the pre-Christian era. According to legends, Ram Navami was among the few festivals that could be celebrated even by the lower castes. As per Ramayana, the king, Dashratha had three wives; Sumitra, Kausalya, and Kaikeyi. But none of them bore him a son as a successor to his throne. It was on this day in the year 5114 BC that Rama was born as the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu and the eldest son of king Dashratha in Ayodhya, U.P. There is another legend, highlighting this day as the wedding anniversary (Kalyanotsavam) of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita.

Ram Navami Celebrations across India

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Ram Navami 2023

This holy Indian festival is celebrated by doing bhajan, kirtan, fasting and reading about Lord Rama’s life. Vaishnava Hindus visit temples whereas others prefer spiritual meets at their homes. Some locations including Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh), Bhadrachalam (Telangana), Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu) and Sitamarhi (Bihar) organise rath yatra (chariot processions) to honor this auspicious occasion.

In Karnataka, the birth of Lord Rama is celebrated as Sri Ramanavami during which devotees distribute free panaka (crushed muskmelon juice and jaggery). The Sree Ramaseva Mandali, R.C.T (R.) Chamrajpet organizes a month-long classical music festival celebrating the occasion. Hence, if you are anywhere near Bengaluru, Karnataka then you must not miss this event.

And in case, you are in the eastern parts of India including Odisha, Jharkhand or West Bengal, then you may visit regional Jagannath temples to observe the annual Jagannath Ratha Yatra.

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Best Places to Observe the Celebrations of Ram Navami

Other Festivals in India with Holiday Type

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New Year Sunday 1 January Public
Lohri Saturday 14 January Restricted
Makar Sankranti Saturday 14 January Restricted
Pongal Sunday 15 January Restricted
Basant Panchmi Thursday 26 January Restricted
Republic Day Thursday 26 January Public
Guru Ravidass Jayanti Sunday 5 February Restricted
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti Wednesday 15 February Restricted
Mahashivratri Saturday 18 February Restricted
Losar Tuesday 21 February Restricted
Holi Wednesday 8 March Public
Ram Navami Thursday 30 March Restricted
Mahavir Jayanti Tuesday 4 April Restricted
Good Friday Friday 7 April Public
Easter Sunday 9 April Restricted
Vaisakhi Friday 14 April Restricted
Eid Ul Fitr Saturday 22 April Public
Buddha Purnima Friday 5 May Public
Rabindra Jayanti Tuesday 9 May Restricted
Rath Yatra Tuesday 20 June Restricted
Eid Al Adha Thursday 29 June Restricted
Muharram Saturday 29 July Public
Independence Day Tuesday 15 August Public
Parsi New Year Navroz Wednesday 16 August Restricted
Onam Tuesday 29 August Restricted
Raksha Bandhan Wednesday 30 August Restricted
Janmashtami Thursday 7 September Restricted
Ganesh Chaturthi Tuesday 19 September Restricted
Id E Milad Thursday 28 September Public
Gandhi Jayanti Monday 2 October Public
Shardiya Navratri Sunday 15 October No Holiday
Durga Puja Friday 20 October No Holiday
Dussehra Tuesday 24 October Public
Valmiki Jayanti Saturday 28 October Restricted
Halloween Day Tuesday 31 October No Holiday
Karva Chauth Tuesday 1 November Restricted
Karnataka Rajyotsava Tuesday 1 November Restricted
Kerala Piravi Tuesday 1 November Restricted
Ahoi Ashtami Sunday 5 November No Holiday
Dhanteras Saturday 11 November No Holiday
Diwali Sunday 12 November Public
Kali Puja Sunday 12 November No Holiday
Lakshmi Puja Sunday 12 November No Holiday
Govardhan Puja Monday 13 November Public
Bhai Dooj Tuesday 14 November Restricted
Chhath Puja Sunday 19 November Restricted
Guru Nanak Jayanti Monday 27 November Public
Kartik Purnima Monday 27 November No Holiday
Christmas Monday 25 December Public
Sargun Preet Kaur
Sargun has an appetite for challenges and creative hurdles that can help her grow as she conquers them one by one. With an innate desire to travel the world, she weaves through life by visiting her dream destinations. When not in her creative zone, Sargun loves to smash in badminton and binge-watch her favourite shows.
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