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Ram Navami

National and Public Holidays in India Regional Holiday in India

Ram Navami is a Hindu festival, celebrating the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya.

When is Ram Navami?

How long until Ram Navami?
This holiday next takes place in 187 Days.
Dates of Ram Navami
Year Weekday Date
2019 Sunday April 14th
2018 Wednesday April 25th
2017 Wednesday April 5th
2017 Tuesday April 4th
2016 Friday April 15th
2015 Saturday March 28th
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Celebrates the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya celebrated on the ninth day of Chaitra
Indian states that observe Ram Navami
4 April 2017: Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh

5 April 2017: Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Telangana

Ram Navami is a Hindu festival, celebrating the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya.

The holiday is celebrated on the ninth day of Chaitra month (the first month in the Hindu lunar calendar). It marks the culmination of the spring festival of Vasanta Navratri (Chaitra Navratri) which begins on Ugadi.

Rama was the seventh incarnation of Vishnu. He was the hero of the Ramayana, the ancient Sanskrit epic.

Ram Navami in 2017

In 2017, Ram Navami is a public holiday on 4 April in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh. The Indian stock exchanges will be closed on this day.

It is also a public holiday on 5 April in the following states: Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Telangana

Ram Navami traditions

A continuous recital of the book takes place during the month of Chaitra prior to the celebration. On Ram Navami itself, the highlights of the story are read in the temple.

Houses are thoroughly cleaned on Rama Navami and a family shrine may be decorated with small statues of Rama. Offerings of flowers and fruit are placed on the shrine and prayers are recited after an early bath.

To mark the day, followers of Hinduism may fast or restrict themselves to a specific diet and won't eat certain foods like onions, garlic, and wheat products.

The celebrations at key places associated with Sri Rama, such as Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and Ramesvaram in Tamil Nadu can attract thousands of devotees.

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