Ram Navami is the birthday of Lord Rama. It is considered to be one of the most auspicious days in the Hindu calendar. This day also marks the completion of the Chaitra Navratri
that begins on Gudi Padwa.
Usually, people celebrate Ram Navami by decorating their homes, putting up fresh marigold flowers and mango leaves toran at the main door of the house, making rangoli at the entrance, worshipping Lord Ram, Mata Sita, Lakshman and Lord Hanuman, singing bhajans in praise of Lord Ram, reading the Ramayana, and visiting Lord Ram’s temple. Those who keep a fast for Navratri also perform a puja for Goddess Durga and offer her a feast of halwa, puri, and black chana on this day.
This is the traditional way of celebrating the festival. But if we want, we can gain more from this propitious day.
Ram Navami falls in the month of Chaitra as per the Hindu calendar. This month heralds the beginning of spring. Spring is considered a time of fresh starts. It is the season when the trees left barren by the harsh winter weather start to grow new leaves, flowers begin to bloom, days become brighter and longer and there are beauty and joy all around.
When nature is forgetting past hurts and is making a brand new beginning, then shouldn’t we also use this time to let go of the old, unhealthy, and redundant? And, what better day than the birthday of Lord Rama to make a new and happy beginning?