KATHMANDU — The Ram Nawami festival, the birthday of Hindu Lord Ram, the incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu,is being celebrated across the country today.
Rhe Ram Nawami is celebrated in the ninth day of the Nepali month Chaitra on Shukla Paksha or the period of waxing moon in the Lunar calendar, in commemoration of the birth of Lord Ram, according to religious scholar Prof Dr Ramchandra Gautam.
On this day, thousands of devotees throng to the Ram Janaki Temple in Janakpur for grand celebrations. The event is marked by a huge procession of elephants and bullock carts with devotees dancing, singing and reciting the glorious stories of the lord.
Likewise, in Kathmandu and neighboring Bhaktapur, devotees observe a fast and visit various temples of Sri Ram and Vishnu, including the famous Changu Narayan, Ichangu Narayan, Bichangu Narayan and Budhanilkantha temples throughout the day.
While many believe that on this day, Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya, many others believe that since Lord Ram was the himself the ‘divine incarnation’ of Vishnu, he descended from his heavenly abode and made an appearance in Ayodhya as a new born baby.
Lord Ram, who was born to the then King of Ayodhya, Dashrath and his first queen Kaushalyawati, is considered the seventh incarnation of God Bisnhu.
Lord Ram is revered by Hindus across the world as the epitome of strength, valor, compassion, purity, serenity and wisdom, and is worshipped with a deep faith and belief.
As per the Hindu mythology, it was God Ram who triumphed over Ravana, the then King of Lanka, a symbol of demonic and evil powers, and established peace and harmony in the society.Follow @gorkhapost
Petroleum products’ prices go down
KATHMANDU- The Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) has slashed the prices of petroleum products effective this midnight.
A meeting of the NOC held today reduced the prices of petrol, diesel and kerosene by Rs 2 per litre each. With the adjusted price list, petrol shall cost Rs 112 per litre while diesel and kerosene will be available at Rs 99 per litre, NOC spokesperson Birendra Goit shared.Follow @gorkhapost