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Ram Navami or Rama Navami is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Rama, one of the most famous and revered Hindu deities. It was on this day that he took birth in Ayodhya as the son of King Dashratha. He is believed to be the seventh incarnation of Vishnu and is therefore a significant figure in Hindu mythology. Ram Navami 2017 falls on April 5 and will be celebrated with great pomp all across India. Several major temples of the country are dedicated to Ram and they hold grand celebrations on the day of Ram Navami. One such destination where Ram Navami is celebrated with great zest is the south Indian city of Hyderabad. ALSO SEE Ram Navami 2017: Best places to witness Rama Navami celebration in India Also Read - Hyderabad Paan Vendor Arrested for Selling Weed Chocolates, Over 200 Flavours Seized
Telangana has a public holiday on April 5, 2017 on account of Ram Navami. In Hyderabad, ostentatious processions are held on the day of Ram Navami with huge idols driven around the city accompanied by loud music and dancing devotees. Dhoolpet, one of the old suburbs in Hyderabad, is one of the major spots to observe Ram Navami celebrations and processions. Temples all over the city are decorated gorgeously and religious rituals and poojas are held throughout the day. Highlights of the Ramayana are recited in prayer sessions held at various prominent parts of the city. Houses are cleaned and idols of Rama and Sita are decorated with ornaments and flower garlands. Many devotees also observe fasts on this day or give up certain food items like non-vegetarian food, onions, garlic. It is also common practice to abstain from alcohol on Ram Navami. Children participate in folk dance competitions and skits. Some people also take this opportunity to meet their relatives and friends and greet each other with local delicacies or sweets. NOW SEE Ram Navami celebration in Ayodhya: Here is how Ayodhya comes alive for Ram Navami
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