Ram Navmi is the birthday of Lord Ram and it falls on the ninth day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Chait or Chaitra (March – April). Ram Navami 2012 date is April 1. The day is also known as Ram Jayanti. Lord Ram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is known as Maryada Purushottam and he incarnated to annihilate Ravana and fellow demons and restore dharma.
On the Ram Navami day, Hindus observe an upvaas or fast. A puja is performed in the afternoon as it is believed that Lord Ram was born at noon.
Ram Navami coincides with Vasant Navratri or Chaitra Durga Puja. Therefore in some regions, the festival is spread over nine days.
Nine days of fasting beginning from the first day of Chaitra is observed in many places and is referred as Ramayana week.
On the occasion, special pujas are held at home and in Lord Ram and Vishnu temples in
and around the world. India
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