Ram Navami, that time of the year when madness takes over. A chap in a curious hairstyle ( bleached hair with curls) , face painted in multicolour, holding a scepter, roams about. A muscular man wearing a religious bandana ( head band) rushes into the scene brandishing a stout stick, gyrating like a man in tremors.He would have put Govinda in his heydays to shame. Three brightly-dressed children with faces painted, arrive on the scene in a modified tom tom (rickshaw) dressed as Ram, Lakshman and Hanuman. The crowd breaks into a rapture of ” Jai Shri Ram.”
Its celebration time at BIT, Mesra,Ranchi,folks.
Ram Navami, the festival that celebrates the appearance of Lord Rama at Ayodhya, is in full swing at Ranchi.
Meanwhile, on the road, gangs of people brandishing the religious bandana, roam about , the rowdy element very prominent among them. They brandish swords, as if ready to cut down people at the first opportunity.
Ram Navami is a devout festival of North India,at the end of 9 days of Chaith Navratri (Navratri in spring season ). The rowdiness quotient is as high as the devotion quotient, but I guess that’s ok with people here,as long as they enjoy.
The gentle Ram would have fainted seeing his devotees on the roads in this fashion, but that is quite another story !!
Jai Shri Ram !!