Ram Navami

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Ram Navami is a Hindu festival, celebrating the birth of Lord Rama, who is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is celebrated mostly by the Hindus in Nepal and India by visiting the nearby temple of Lord Ram with flowers and other offerings. For Hindus, Lord Ram symbolizes “the ideal man”. His victory over Ravan is seen as the manifestation of good over evil even in the direst situations.

Ram Navami is celebrated with much pomp at Janaki temple in Janakpur city, which lies in southern Nepal. Huge processions of elephants, bullock carts and sometimes up to 100,000 pilgrims go through the city, dancing and singing the lord’s praises. In Kathmandu, many people go to the temples to pay homage to Ram, while symposiums are held to exalt the ideal life he lived. In Bhaktapur, the neighboring town of Kathmandu, the people go to the banks of the river Hanumante, where a temple bearing the idols of Ram and his loyal servant Hanuman is situated. Thus, Ram Navami is celebrated throughout with great fanfare.

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