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3/26/2012 8:01:00 AM
Ram Fest - An Ancient Celebration
By Nistha Devi

Just as the seasons change from winter to spring and so forth, there are seasonal changes in the universe described in India's ancient sacred writings, the Vedas. These universal periods are called yugas, and each last hundreds of thousands to millions of years. In some of these yugas, Avatars of the Supreme source of creation appear on earth to spiritually enlighten the human species, as well as to display their divine pastimes. One such Avatar, appearing in the Treta-yuga, was Sri Ramachandra, or Lord Rama.

Each year millions of Hindus in India and many westerners all over the world, celebrate the advent day of this Avatar (incarnation of Godhead) with wonderful festivities. This day is called Sri Ram Navami. The ninth day (Navami) in the bright fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra (March) is referred to as Ram Navami. On this day, when the five planets and the sun, etc. were in the first house of cancer at noon along with the lunar asterism Pushya, Ramachandra appeared om earth in Ayodhya. Ayodhya is still today, one of the main holy places in India visited by millions of pilgrims annually.

The Sedona Center of Vedic Culture will hold its annual celebration of Rama Navami this Friday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m.. There will be chants and kirtan, Indian music, narrations of some of the pastimes of Sri Rama, an abhiseka (bathing ceremony of the Deity of Sri Rama), and a delicious vegetarian feast served to all. The Vedic Center is at 3270 White Bear Road. (next to the Library). Admission is $5 and reservations are requested by calling (928) 204-4455.

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