The festival of Sri Rama Navami marks the birthday celebrations of Lord Rama, an incarnate of Lord Vishnu. The main significance behind the celebration of this festival is that the character of Lord Rama signifies an ideal son, an upright husband, a righteous King, and a loving brother and even an ideal man, someone who follow the right path against all odds in life. He was also the true embodiment of humanity. So celebration of Sri Rama Navami is a special reminder of all the noble deeds or ideals for which Lord Rama symbolizes. So if we see it in true sense it is not only a festival to enjoy and have fun there are lot more things to be learnt. It is a celebration of goodness and its victory against all evils. Sacred places associated with Lord Rama, like Ayodhya, Ujjain and Rameshwaram, draw tens of thousands of devotees. In Rameshwaram, thousands take a ritual bath in the sea before worshipping at the Ramanathaswamy temple. There are also lots of Parayanams and satsangs where devotees get together to hear the story of Lord Rama and to sing bhajans in his praise.
One of the most popular offering to the Lord, on this day is the “Panagam”. I remember my amma making Panagam and offering it to the Lord and then all of us having it and enjoying the sweet from the jaggery and the spice from the ginger…
2 1/2 cups of water.
1/4 cups of jaggery.
1 tsp Grated Ginger.(Originally use “Chukku” or Dried Ginger)
1 tsp powdered cardamom powder.
Dash of Ground Black Pepper.
- In a vessel, dissolve the jaggery in the measured water and set on the stove on medium low.
- Slowly add the chukku after mashing it with a mortar and pestle or simply use fresh zested ginger.
- Add powdered cardamom powder and a dash of ground black pepper.
- Stir in well and switch off.
- Offer Naivedhyam to the Lord and sip sweet Panagam.