Sri Rama Navami is grandly observed by the Hindus and is largely associated with Lord Rama, his consort Sita, his brother Lakshmana and his devotee Hanuman. The auspicious day marks the birth day of Lord Rama and the marriage ceremony of Lord Rama with Goddess Sita.
It falls on the ninth day of Chaitra month during the Chaitra Navami or in the Shukla Paksha on the Navami in the Hindu calendar. The celebration goes on for nearly 9 days. Devotees observe this particular day with puja, fasting and feasting. This festive day is locally also known as Chaitra Masa Suklapaksha Navami. The auspicious day also marks the cease of the nine-day Chitra-Navrathri grand celebration.
According to the local legends, “Lord Rama is the eldest son of King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya of Ayodhya. Ram is the 7th incarnation of the Dashavatara of Vishnu. Years later Lord Rama was married to Sita on the Vivaha Panchami. The sacred marriage of Devi Sita with Lord Rama was held on Margashirsha Shukla Panchami as per Valmiki Ramayana is known as Seetha kalyanam.”
At some regions, Rama Navami is celebrated for the whole nine days so it is regionally known as “Sri Rama Navratra”. Devotees continuously recite with great devotion and dedication, the Akhand Paath of the Ramacharitamanas.
In all the temples that are largely dedicated to Lord Rama, special pujas and Aarti is performed plus Kirtan, Bhajan and distribution of Prasad is done for the devotees and pilgrims who visit on these auspicious days. They participate in traditional prayers and rituals with family members, relatives and friends.
In south India, Sitarama Kalyanam, the ceremonial wedding ceremony is held in a grand manner at Bhadrachalam temple with large number of participation of devotees and pilgrims on this auspicious day.
Here are the images of Sri Rama Navami e-greeting cards..
Sri Rama Navami eGreeting Cards in Telugu..