Ram Nawami celebrates the birth day of Lord Rama, 7th incarnation of the Dashavatara of Vishnu. This popular Hindu festival falls in between of March and April. Lord Rama, an epitome of perfection, the uttama purusha, fulfilling all his duties towards both family and subjects, is remembered for his prosperous and righteous reign. On this auspicious day, devotees invoke him for his blessings and protection.
According to a legend, Lord Rama was born as king Dasharath’s heir centuries ago. He is believed to be avatar of Vishnu’s who came down to earth in the guise of Prince Rama to battle the invincible Ravana- King of Lanka. Ravana had a boon that he would never die at the hands of gods, or gandharvas, or yakshas (demigods) or demon. He did not include men in the list of his potential slayers because he was not afraid of them. Lord Rama engaged himself in battle, pierces Ravana with a potent arrow, killed him and finally liberated people from his menace.
In Ayodhya- the birth place of Lord Rama, a big fair is held and Ram Nawami is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal. In the early morning, devotees worship sun, carry out huge procession, chant hymns, visit temples and read holy Ramayana in the temples. Some devotees also observe strict fast in the name of Rama to seek perfection as a human being. Kirantis perform pujas and sing bhajans throughout the day, celebrating the wedding of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita.
Ram Nawami is widely celebrated by all Hindu people particularly by the Vaishnava sect of the Hindus. They listen to the story of Lord Rama and meditate on the noble Ram to cleanse their soul and lead oneself to moksha or liberation.