Sri Rama Navami (
April 15, 2016, April 4, 2017) is the festival that celebrates the birth of Sri Rama. It also marks the end of Chaitra Navaratri, which starts with Ugadi.
In Andhra Pradesh, the traditional Sri Rama Navami naivedyam includes:
- Panakam – A cooling drink made with dried ginger, jaggery, and pepper
- Vada Pappu or Kosambari – A soaked moong and cucumber salad
- Chalimidi – A sweet made with rice flour
- Majjiga – Spiced Buttermilk
For a variation, you could try Carrot Kosambari instead of Vada Pappu. 🙂
In Andhra Pradesh, the Sree Seetha Ramachandra Swamy temple at Bhadrachalam is the centre of some glorious celebrations. This is a temple constructed by Kancharla Gopanna who was popularly known as Bhakta Ramadas, who was a also a great composer.
You can listen to some beautiful renditions of Ramadasu Kritis at http://www.bhadrachalarama.org/ramadasukeerthnaas.html
Shree Rama Rama Rameti
Rame Raame Manorame
Sahasranaama Tat Tulyam
Raama Naama Varaanane||