Ram Navami


Ram Navami, that time of the year when madness takesĀ  over. A chap in a curious hairstyle ( bleached hair with curls) , faceĀ  paintedĀ  in multicolour, Ā holding aĀ  scepter, roams about.Ā  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.Ā Ā  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 Ā Navami,Ā  the festivalĀ  thatĀ  celebratesĀ  theĀ  appearanceĀ  of Lord Rama atĀ  Ayodhya, is in full swingĀ  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 gentleĀ  Ram wouldĀ  have faintedĀ  seeing hisĀ  devotees on theĀ  roadsĀ  in thisĀ  fashion, butĀ  thatĀ  is quiteĀ  anotherĀ  story !!

JaiĀ  ShriĀ  Ram !!


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