Ramanavami Brahmotsavam Starting 16 April at Vontimitta Kodandaramaswamy temple

Ramanavami Brahmotsavam at the Vontimitta Kodandaramaswamy temple in Kadapa. It is a significant event that celebrates the birth of Lord Rama

Rama Navami Brahmotsavam starting with Ankurarpana on April 16 2024. The flag hoisting on Sri Ramanavami on April 17 are suggested to be organized with great pomp.

This Vontimitta Kodandaramaswamy temple is famous for Vijayanagara architectural style. This temple becomes the focal point for devotees during the Ramanavami Brahmotsavam festival.

Ramanavami Brahmotsavam consists of traditional rituals, cultural performances. It involves the grand celebration of the divine marriage of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita. Which is known as Sita Rama Kalyanam.

Let me tell you that this Vontimitta Kodandaramaswamy temple in itself is a historical monument of national importance.

Which is from the 16th century. Its history is linked to famous personalities like saint-poet Annamacharya and French traveler Jean-Baptiste Tavernier. Who praised the beauty of its architecture.

You know that Ramanavami Brahmotsavam is celebrated around March-April. Which coincides with Ram Navami period. This is the time when the temple is beautifully decorated.

It is filled with devotion and celebration. This year Ramanavami Brahmotsavam is starting from 16th March 2024. Which will continue till the next day, 17th March. On this day, Ram Navami festival will be celebrated all over the world.

What Is Ramanavami Brahmotsavam?

Rama Navami Brahmotsavam is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Rama. Lord Rama an avatar of the god Vishnu and the hero of the epic Ramayana. 

The term ‘Brahmotsavam’ refers to a ‘grand celebration’ or ‘festival’ conducted in honor of a deity. Ramanavami Brahmotsavam is celebrated with great enthusiasm mostly in South India.

Let me tell you that on Ram Navami, devotees perform special puja (rituals). Sing devotional songs and participate in processions. The temples dedicated to Lord Rama are beautifully decorated.

Religious sermons and recitation of Ramayana are common in every temple. At many places, the festival also includes a formal wedding celebration of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita. Which is known as ‘Sita Ram Kalyanam’.

It is celebrated on the ninth day (Navami) of Ramanavami Brahmotsavam of the month of Chaitra according to the Hindu calendar.

Which usually falls in March or April of the Gregorian(English) calendar. It is a time of joy and spiritual contemplation for millions of devotees around the world.

Ramanavami Brahmotsavam at Bhadrachalam Sitaramchandraswami Devasthanam

Let me tell you that this Bhadrachalam Sitaramchandraswami Devasthanam Brahmotsavam is celebrated with great pomp.

It will be held starting from Padyami day till Purnima in Chaitram month. These festivals start from Varsha Pratipada.

The special thing is that the festival of Shri Ram is celebrated in Bhadrachalam on Navami day like it is not celebrated anywhere in the country. Lakhs of devotees gather to see this marriage festival.

Act fast in Ontimitta Kodandaramaswamy’s Brahmotsavam

Ramanavami Brahmotsavam meeting
Ramanavami Brahmotsavam meeting, image credit: vskandhra

Let me tell you that EV.Dharmareddy has given guidelines for Brahmotsavam. EV.Dharmareddy said that arrangements for Ontimitta Kodandaramaswamy Brahmotsavam should be expedited.

This Ramanavami Brahmotsavam will be held at Ontimitta Kodandaramaswamy Temple in Cuddapah. This program will start with the planting of seedlings on 16 April 2024.

It has been suggested to organize the flag hoisting on Shri Ram Navami on 17th April with great pomp.

Meeting for convenience of devotees on ‘Kalyanam’ day

He ordered to make arrangements for ‘Sitaram’s Kalyanam’ on 22 April 2024. 

Arrangements should be made to provide necessary food, drinking water, proper accommodation, and buttermilk to the thousands of devotees coming on the day of Kalyanam.

Passengers should not suffer any harm in view of the increasing heat from the sun. For this, engineering officers were instructed to apply cold paint in the areas where devotees walk. And to arrange water fountains at necessary places.

They want to check the fitness of the vehicles and chariot for the procession. Want to get this fitness certificate.

300 people have to be prepared for packing ‘Sitaram’s Ponds’. Around 2000 Srivari Sevaks are to be prepared for distribution of Annaprasad and ponds to the devotees on the ‘Kalyanam’ day.

He said they should coordinate with RTC officials to provide transportation, accommodation and parking for devotees on Kalyanam day.

FAQS of Ramanavami Brahmotsavam

Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Ramanavami Brahmotsavam:

What is Ramanavami Brahmotsavam?

Ramanavami Brahmotsavam is a festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Rama. ‘Brahmotsavam’ signifies a grand celebration dedicated to a deity in Hindu tradition.

It involves various religious activities, including special pujas, recitations from the Ramayana, and processions.

When is Ramanavami Brahmotsavam celebrated?

It is celebrated on the ninth day (Navami) of the Chaitra month in the Hindu lunar Calendar.

What are the key rituals during this festival?

Key rituals include the ceremonial wedding of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita (Sita Rama Kalyanam), the procession of deities (Rathotsavam), flag hoisting on Sri Ramanavami, and special pujas and offerings.

Can non-Hindus participate in the festivities?

Yes, non-Hindus are generally welcome to observe and participate in the cultural aspects of the festival, respecting the religious sentiments of the devotees.

Are there any specific foods associated with Rama Navami?

Yes, devotees often prepare and share traditional sweets and prasad like Panakam (a jaggery-based drink), Neer Mor (spiced buttermilk), and Kosambari (a type of salad).

Is Rama Navami a public holiday?

In some regions of India, Rama Navami is a public holiday. It is widely celebrated with great enthusiasm.

How do people prepare for the festival?

Preparations include cleaning and decorating homes and temples. It preparing festive foods, and organizing cultural programs.

What is the significance of Rama Navami for devotees?

For devotees, Rama Navami is a day to remember Lord Rama. Rama’s virtuous life and teachings. It’s a time for spiritual reflection and renewal.

Why is Bhadrachalam Sitaramchandraswami Devasthanam so famous?

Bhadradri, popularly known as Ayodhyapuri of South India.

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