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Ramayana

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This is the birthday of Sri Rama, which falls on the ninth day of the bright half of the month of Chaitra. 

Sri Rama, who was born at noon, is one of the two most popular incarnations of Lord Vishnu. 

This festival is compulsory for the devotees of Rama, because it can destroy one's sins and also

 

confer liberation. 

The celebrations commence on the previous night with fasting. 

On the first day the devotee has to continue fasting, and worship and bring homage to Rama in an image installed in a specially prepared shrine.  The devotee will also stay awake all night.  At the end of the celebration the devotee has to donate the image that was used, as well as other gifts, to a learned Brahmin who knows the rites well. 

However, nowadays gifting the image of Rama is extremely rare.  People gather in Rama temples to participate in the Ramanavami festivities. The ceremonial recitation of the Ramayana is spread over the nine days of the festival.  There are also discussions of mythological stories accompanied with music, and classical music or devotional songs are performed.

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