Rama Navami Naivedyam – Panakam and Vada Pappu

Rama Bhadraya!
Ramachandraaya Namaha!!

Rama Navami is celebrated on the final day of Chaitra Navaratri. The birthday of Lord Rama, Rama Navami is celebrated with great fervour in India. In Andhra Pradesh, the Seetha Ramaswamy Temple at Bhadrachalam is the epicentre of all celebrations.

Read more about Rama Navami at Wikipedia.

Leading up to Rama Navami, my music teacher will always teach us some exquisite Kriti on Rama. This year it was Brova Samayamu Idey Ramayya in Gowri Manohari.

You can hear Chinamaya Sisters sing this kriti.

Of course, then there are any number of kritis by Bhadrachala Ramadasu and Tyagaraja.

Traditional naivedyam on Rama Navami is spartan includes:

  • Panakam – A cooling drink made out of jaggery, dried ginger, black pepper, and green cardamon.
  • Vada Pappu – Soaked moong dal and cucumber garnished with grated coconut and green chillies.
  • Neer More – Simple buttermilk with ginger and coriander.



  1. Thanks for reminding me Rama Navami is just around the corner, in fact tomorrow! Hey, Aruna, are you into Carnatic music? I am too, an ardent lover, learnt in childhood. Now, I have started teaching a few kids where I live.

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