launches Baal Ramdilla 2005
Hindu Prachar Kendra celebrated Ramnavmithe birth of
Lord Ramaa midday festival, on April 17. The event was
held on the premises of the Kendra at Raghunanan Road, Enterprise,
to celebrate Bhagwaan Shri Rama, the Seventh Divine Descent
or Avataar of Lord Vishnu.
The event was celebrated with ceremonies, reenactments and
Jhoolay de Palana (rocking the cradle). Nikhil, just four
months of age, played Baby Rama and his parents, Uttam and
Maharaj, portrayed Dasharatha and Kowshalya. The compound
was decorated as a palace and all participants were addressed
as citizens of the ancient city of Ayodhya in North India,
the birth place of Shri Rama.
Chairman of the National Ramnavmi Committee, Sevikaa Mayavatti
Maharaj (Maya Ji). said: We are attempting to promote
Ramnavmi as a midday festival.
call on all Hindus to celebrate the sacred occasion on the
correct time on the correct day. Rama and
Ramayana play a central role in the beliefs and values of
all Hindus. It is important that we dedicate the time and
devotion for the Lords Birthday, not withstanding whether
our calender caters for it or not.
The event also afforded the opportunity to launch Baal Ramdilla,
a ten-day open-air faith theatre. Maya Ji explained: There
are two NavraatamsNine Nights of the Divine Mothers
in the Hindu Calender. Ramnavmi, at the end of the first Navratam
is a thread to Vijay Dashmi at the end of the second Navratam
when Ramdilla is performed. At the end of the second Navraatam
Rama fulfills his mission to destroy Ravana on Vijaydashmi.
The destruction of Ravan by Bhagvan Rama is the culmination
and highlight of Ramdilla. It brings to a close the Durga
Poojaa season. The launching of Ramdilla alerts the community
to begin planning for the large scale Ramdilla performances
which will be held from October 3-12.