Sun sets on celebrations of Ram Navami

Tuesday across India (and, I’m sure, elsewhere) were celebrations for Ram Navami, the birth of Ram. Here’s how DNA describes it:

Ram Navami or Shri Ram Navami is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Rama, believed to be the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, born to King Dasharatha and Queen Kaushalya of Ayodhya.

Rama, the seventh avatar of Vishnu’s Dashavatar came into existence to destroy Ravana as per Hindu mythology.

Hindu believers usually observe the day with chanting of mantras, fasting and reading passages from the Ramayana. The Ram Navami fast begins from sunrise and ends when it’s sunset.

Major celebrations are found to occur in Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh), Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu), Bhadrachalam (Andhra Pradesh) and Sitamarhi (Bihar) though it is celebrated by all Hindus around the world.

Every region in India has their own specific way of celebrating the festival.

Below is a collection of photos:

Here in Los Angeles, we have a couple of hours left. And we never need an excuse to read from the Ramayana.

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