Rama NAVMI is the celebration of the birth of Lord Rama. Rama NAVMI is the day on which Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, incarnated in human form in the land of Ayodhya.
He is the Ardha Ansh of Lord Vishnu or has half the divinities and qualities of Lord Vishnu. The word “Rama” literally means one who is divinely blissful and who gives joy to others, and one in whom the sages rejoice.
Ram NAVMI falls on the ninth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Chaitra (April/May) and coincides with Vasant Navratri or Chait Durga Puja. Therefore, in some regions, the festival is spread over nine days.
This day, marking the birthday of Lord Rama, is also observed as the marriage day of Rama and Sita and thus also referred to as Kalyanotsavam.
In Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama, a huge fair is held with thousands of devotees gathering to celebrate this festival. The fair continues for two days, and rathyatras. Carrying the Deities of Lord Ram his brother Laxman, wife Sita, and his greatest devotee Mahavir Hanuman are taken out from almost all Ram Temples.
Lord Hanuman is known for is his devotion to Lord Rama, and his tales form an important part of the celebration. In Andhra Pradesh, Ram NAVMI is celebrated for 10 days from the Chaitra saptami to the Bahula Padyami that fall in the month of March and April. Temples re-enact the marriage of Lord Rama and Sita to commemorate this event.