03/31/2012 05:30 pm ET

Ram Navami 2012: The Festival Of Lord Rama (PHOTOS, BHAJANS)

Ram Navami

Ram Navami is celebrated on April 1, 2012.

Ram Navami (also Rama Navami) is a Hindu festival that glorifies Lord Rama. Rama, believed to be the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is also considered to be Maryada Purushottam, or the perfect man. Ram Navami celebrates the birth of Rama in Ayodhya to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya. In many parts of South India, this festival commemorates the marriage of Rama to Sita.

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Ram Navami is celebrated by Hindus in India and all over the world. The grandest celebration of Ram Navami takes place in Ayodhya, considered to be the birthplace of Rama.

In preparation for the festival of Ram Navami, a continuous recitation of the Ramacharitmanas, a 16th century Hindu epic poem, takes place. This recitation starts up to a whole week before the festival, and culminates on the day of the festival.

Many Hindus fast on Ram Navami and visit the temple where special prayers, bhajans and kirtans (devotional songs) are offered. In many places, a rath yatra takes place. A rath yatra involves processing the deities of the temple on a brightly decorated chariot around the town. The chariot is usually accompanied by hundreds of people wearing colorful costumes and chanting praises of the deities.

Ram Navami is a great occasion to revisit some classic Rama bhajans. Below are some of HuffPost Religion’s favorites. Enjoy!

Ram Bhajans