Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Ram Navami - an unexpected surprise!
The last three weeks have been grueling......a tremendous amount of traveling, meetings of various sorts, some good, some bad, some ugly!
On Sunday night at approximately 8pm I discovered on a phone call that my presence was required down in Jaipur to meet an important client; a day earlier than expected....so I was up very early catching a plane.
Tuesday...the day I was originally expected was for a scheduled meeting with the owners of the hotel........as of late I have been out of the office more than in it......which I don't mind......but
When I received the email yesterday announcing that we had a HOLIDAY on Wednesday for Ram Navami.........I was not going to complain.
So.......what is Ram Navami? It's the birthday of Lord Ram......
Ram Navami is a popular Hindu festival. It is celebrated on the ninth day (Navami) of the Chaitra month of Hindu lunar year in 'Shukla paksha' or waxing moon. This festival is celebrated in order to commemorate the birth of Marayada Purshottam Ram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This day also known as Sri Rama Navami, marks the end of nine-day Chaitra-Navratri celebrations. The festival of Ram Navami is held in high regard not only by the people in India but also by the Hindu community living in the other parts of the world. The festival is celebrated with immense joy and enthusiasm. Many devotees also fast on this occasion. It is believed that all the devotees who fast on this day are showered with immense happiness and good luck by Lord Rama. Ram Navami is one of the most ancient festivals celebrated in India. It is said that the date of Ram Navami can be traced back to the pre-christian era, as Hinduism is the oldest religion of the world. The reference of Ramnavami can also be found in the Kalika puran. It is said in the earlier times, when caste system was prevalent in India; Ramnavami was one of the few festivals that the lower castes (shudras) were allowed to celebrate. In Hindu religion, it is considered to one of the five major sacred festivals and it is said that, properly observing this fast leads to the attainment of salvation.
So........on this very widely celebrated day, I will spend some time working, sometime resting, and sometime exploring Delhi.........an unexpected, but very nice gift to end a very rough few weeks!