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Mumbai celebrates Ram Navami with devotion

Maharashtra,Religion, Sun, 01 Apr 2012 IANS

Mumbai, April 1 (IANS) Ram Navami was celebrated with devotion in temples across Mumbai Sunday to herald the ninth day of the Hindu calendar's first month of Chaitra - and the birth of Lord Ram.


The day ia also the culmination of the Chaitra Navratra during which devotees fast for nine days at a stretch.


Ram Navami was celebrated with great pomp as devotees presented offerings to Lord Ram at dawn and continued throughout the day. At noon, the time when Lord Ram is said to have been born, devotional songs were sung in his praise. Bhajans, kirtans and distribution of prasadam after the aarti happened at most temples in the city.


At some places, the festival lasted for the nine days of the Navratras, marked by continuous recital of the Ramacharitamanas, which culminated Sunday.


Images of the infant Ram were placed on cradles and rocked by devotees. Since Ram is the seventh incarnation of Vishnu having been born at noon, temples and family shrines are elaborately decorated and traditional prayers are chanted since the the morning.


Special havans are also organised, along with Vedic chanting of mantras and offerings of fruits and flowers. Many followers mark this day by "Vrata" (fasting) through the day followed by feasting in the evening, or at the culmination of celebrations.


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