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Sri Ram Navmi

Time: Shukla Paksha ( Navami), the month of Chaitra
Description : Rama Nawami , a Hindu festival, celebrating the birth of the god Rama to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya in Ayodhya. Rama, the 7th avatar of Vishnu, is the oldest known god having human form. The holy day falls in the Shukla Paksha on the Navami, the ninth day of the month of Chaitra in the Hindu calendar.

Hundreds of people visit various Rama temples to pay offerings to the lord. Special arrangements were made in the temples for devotees to offer prayers safely. Though there are very few temples dedicated to Rama in Orissa, this festival is widely celebrated by the performances of Ram Leela (the sport of Rama) based on the famous epic Ramayana. Beginning from this day the performances continue for over a month. Some observe fasting on the day and take food only after visiting the temple. Ramnavami occurs in the month of March. Celebrations begin with a prayer to the Sun early in the morning. At midday, when Lord Rama is supposed to have been born, a special prayer is performed.

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