Friday, April 15, 2011

Shree Ramanavami

What is so special about this festival? It is the birthday of Lord Rama, the celebrated hero of the famous epic, ‘Ramayana’. It is enthusiastically celebrated as Rama Navami.

Celebrations begin with a prayer to the sun early in the morning. At midday, when Lord Rama is supposed to have been born, a special prayer is performed.

On this special day, huge pandals are erected in the adjoining grounds of the temples and a ten day music festival is held wherein renowned artists are invited to perform. It is a great hit and a treat to the local community to attend the concerts free of charge.

Talking about festivals, can we forget the food? Special delicacies are prepared on this day to offer to the Lord and the most popular ones are the Kosambri( a mixture of pulses, cucumber, raw mango, fresh coconut, coriander leaves, lemon juice and salt), paanaka (lemon juice with cardamom powder, saffron, sugar) and neer majjige (seasoned butter milk).

Talk about summer in India and the food that is offered during this special day has also got to do with the season and the day this festival falls on!

Think about savouring lemon juice, buttermilk and the munchy kosambri on a hot summer day! Jai Shri Ram!

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