Of Parabs and Terus by Shambhavi Pai

Hope you had a good Ugadi celebration this year. It’s that time of the year when the frozen bibbo is thawed out to make upkari. The auspicious and rare ghadi for the jari kappads and kurtas to be serenaded for selfies. And with the bonus of coming on a Friday this year,  several helpings of madgane are justified—it’s the weekend after all!

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Another festival that’s coming this Friday (April 15, 2016) is Ram Navami—a celebration of Lord Rama’s birth. There’s enough and more about the significance of this festival on the internet. Here are some of the festivities held to celebrate this occasion.

Sri Venkataramana Temple, Mulki, Karnataka – Sri Ram Navami Mahotsava is celebrated over a period of 7 days, with various significant utsavs and pujas carried out every day. On the night of Ram Navami, the Brahmarath Rathotsava takes place. There is samaradhana held for devotees every evening. For more information visit http://svtmulki.org/.

Sri Venkataramana Temple, Karkala, Karnataka – A Ratha Utsav takes places at night, followed by Vasanta Puja. Bhoori Samaradhana is held for visitors. For more details visit http://www.svtkarkala.org/.

Shri Gokarn Math, Canacona, Goa – A day long celebration is carried out during Ram Navami. The Rath procession, which with pulled by the attending devotees, is a huge part of the celebrations. A fair takes place in close proximity to the temple for a week, where different snacks and wares are sold. For more updates visit https://www.facebook.com/H-H-Srimad-Vidyadhiraja-Teertha-Sripad-Wader-Swamiji-info-activity-page-442848599250475/timeline.

Ram Navami is also celebrated with a lot of pomp and gusto by GSB mandals across various cities in India.  So if you are in India on a holiday (read: hectic trip :D), do try and make your way to one of these utsavs.

Do you know of any other relevant festive celebrations coming up in the UK or India? Comment below and let us know!

Shambhavi Pai

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