Wishing all my dear readers a very happy Shree Ramanavami..
Raamaaya raamabhadraaya raamachandraaya vedase
raghunaathaya naathaya seethaaya pathaye namaha ||
ರಾಮಾಯ ರಾಮಭದ್ರಾಯ ರಾಮಚಂದ್ರಾಯ ವೇದಸೆ
ರಘುನಾಥಾಯ ನಾಥಾಯ ಸೀತಾಯ ಪತಯೇ ನಮಃ ||
Vasantha ruthu has festivals like Ugaadi, Varshadodaku, tadige or Uyyale Gowri and Raamanavami… Birthday of Lord Rama , son of king Dasharatha and queen Kousalya, and who is the seventh avatar/incarnation of Lord Shriman Naaraayana/Shree Hari or Lord Vishnu is considered as ‘Raamanavami“.. Usually it comes on the 9th day after “Ugadi”.. That is on “Navami” tithi.. He is regarded as “Maryaada Purushottama” that means ideal son (Pitruvaakya paripaalaka- ಪಿತೃವಾಕ್ಯ ಪರಿಪಾಲಕ where he spent 14 years in vanavaasa obeying his father’s words) , ideal husband, ideal brother and ideal king..
On this day, Idols/Photos/Images of Lord Shree Raama , Goddess Sita , brother Lakshmana and Lord Hanuman are worshipped with great devotion as per their family customs.. In some families only photos are kept and worshipped and in some customs, idols are worshipped by shodashopachara pooja.. Whole day shlokas related to Lord Rama are chanted like “Jai shree rama”, “Hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare”, Rama ashtottara, Rama raksha stotra, few chapters/verses from Ramayana etc.. Hence it is said rightly ::-
ರಾಮನಾಮ ಪಾಯಸಕ್ಕೆ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ನಾಮ ಸಕ್ಕರೆ
ವಿಠಲನಾಮ ತುಪ್ಪವ ಬೆರೆಸಿ ಬಾಯಿ ಚಪ್ಪರಿಸಿರೊ…..
Recipes ::- Main neivedya items are Paanaka( Juice made out of lemon, Bella or jaggery Paanaka,belada haNNina Paanaka, karbooja haNNina paanaka ), Kosambari, Sajjige, ThiLi Majjige/buttermilk etc..
Upma, Avalakki uppittu, Gojjavalakki are also prepared..
Karbooja haNNina paanaka, Gojjavalakki, rasayana at my home
Preparation of these recipes on this festival day also has its own significance.. Due to the summer heat, all these dishes prepared for Raamanavami are cool, be it lemon juice/any juice, hesaru bele/kadale bele kosambari, Rave sajjige all are cool and mild items… Also cucumber is added to kosambari which is again considered as a cool vegetable as per Ayurveda. Some people also make rasayana with banana as neivedya item.. Hence the dishes prepared in Indian homes during festivals will definitely carry it’s own meaning and significance..