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Sri Rama Navami

Sri Rama-navami is the glorious appearance day of Lord Ramachandra. Srila Prabhupada writes in his commentary to the Srimad-Bhagavatam,

The Supreme Personality of Godhead incarnated Himself as Sri Rama, appearing as the son of His pure devotee Maharaja Dasharatha, the King of Ayodhya. Lord Rama descended along with His plenary portions, and all of them appeared as His younger brothers. In the month of Chaitra on the ninth day of the growing moon in the Treta-yuga, the Lord appeared, as usual, to establish the principles of religion and to annihilate the disturbing elements.

The Lord descends on this material world out of causeless mercy and displays various transcendental pastimes as a human being so that human beings can become attracted to Him, associate with His devotees, and become able to go back to Godhead.

On Rama-navami, Lord Ramachandra’s pastimes are discussed in the morning. Murtis of Their Lordships Rama, Lakshmana, Sita-devi, and Hanuman are decorated with beautiful outfits, flowers and jewels, and placed on the platform below the altar. Devotees assemble at the temple at noon. An abhisheka for the Salagrama-sila is performed amidst kirtana, and flowers are offered at the lotus feet of Their Lordships (pushpanjali). The devotees fast till sunset on Rama-navami day.

On the day of Rama Navami, devotees fast till noon. At ISKCON Rajahmundry, the Deities of SRI SRI RADHA GOPINATH are adorned with the alankara of Sri Rama and Sitha. Both are grandly decorated with ornaments, earrings, crown, a bow and a quiver of arrows.

Festivities begin in the evening with the Rama Taraka homa. During this homa, the Rama Taraka mantra is chanted 108 times. All the devotees rejoice in ecstasy by performing enchanting kirtanas from Valmiki Ramayana. On this occasion, they also remember Sri Hanuman, the foremost devotee of Lord Rama and his unparalleled devotional service to the Lord. They also pray to Sri Hanuman, so that he may bless them with advancement in devotional service.

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