2019: Sunday, 14 April
2020: Thursday, 2 April
Ram Navami falls on the ninth day of the Hindu lunar year (thus named Chaitra Masa Suklapaksha Navami).
Ramnavami or the birthday of Lord Rama falls on the 9th day of the bright fortnight of the month of Chaitra (March-April).
In Honor of Lord Rama
Rama Navami is one of the most important festivals of the Hindus, particularly the Vaishnava sect of the Hindus. On this auspicious day, devotees repeat the name of Rama with every breath and vow to lead a righteous life. People pray to attain the final beatitude of life through intense devotion towards Rama and invoke him for his blessings and protection.
Solemn Yet Festive
Many observe a strict fast on this day. Otherwise, it is an extremely colorful ceremony, highly inspiring and instructive too. Temples are decorated and the image of Lord Rama is richly adorned. The holy ‘Ramayana’ is read in the temples. In Ayodhya, the birthplace of Sri Rama, a big fair is held on this day. In the south of India the “Sri Ramnavami Utsavam” is celebrated for nine days with great fervor and devotion. In temples and at pious gatherings the learned narrate the thrilling episodes of the ‘Ramayana‘. The Kirtanists chant the holy name of Rama and celebrate the wedding of Rama with Sita on this day.