Pomp and festivity to mark first Ram Navami after Ayodhya temple inauguration | India News – Times of India

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MUMBAI: Wednesday’s Ram Navami celebration is expected to be held with pomp and grandeur given that is the first since the inauguration of the new Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Saffron flags and festive paraphernalia have been selling briskly for gatherings citywide. The occasion also marks the end of Chaitra Navratra.
At 12.15pm which is the hour of the lord’s birth, ceremonies will come to a peak at Ram Mandir in Wadala which is celebrating its 60th Ram Navami.Trust chairman Mukund Kamat said, “An idol of the child god Ram in a cradle will be worshiped by Shrimad Vidyadheesh Teerth Swamiji of Sri Gokarna Partagali Jeevottam Math, Goa. In the evening we will lead a grand Rathotsav or chariot procession around Dadar. We expect nearly 25,000 devotees to arrive through the day.”
Various temples conducted nine-day observances through Chaitra Navratra April 9-17. Matunga resident KA Viswanathan said, “Some temples celebrate it as Vasant Navratri devoted to Goddess Durga whose nine forms are worshiped on nine days. Here in Matunga, Sri Sankara Mattham offered various types of daily ‘hom’ and pujas.” The 100-year-old Asthika Samajam temple conducted Vedic rituals, apart from discourses on Valmiki Ramayan. Devotees are permitted to offer milk abhishek to the idols on Ram Navami.
At the ISKCON Hare Rama Hare Krishna temple in Juhu, celebrations will be held through the day. Spokesperson Parijata Devi said, “We will lead a procession bearing the idols of Lord Ram and Sita in a sliver palanquin to Juhu Beach early in the morning. Then the deities will be adorned in new outfits. There is a maha abhishek morning and evening, and all visitors will receive prasad meals.” Given that more people are expected this year, ISKCON has doubled arrangements for shoe storage, queue facility and crowd control.
Meanwhile, concern is palpable in Malad-Malwani locality owing to the fracas in the wake of a Ram Navami procession in 2023. A large group of VHP and Bajrang Dal activists had wended their way through the communally sensitive locality at night, and allegedly halted to shout slogans outside mosques where Ramzan prayers were under way. However, local residents had complained that “police filed FIRs selectively only against the minority community”.
Among those whom cases were filed against is local strongman Jamil Merchant. He said Tuesday, “I have petitioned the court to quash the FIR against me. I have also sought the CCTV footage which will prove our claim that the panchnama consists of fabricated evidence. Malwani has a mixed population and all groups have been living in harmony. Last year it was the presence of belligerent outsiders in the Ram Navami procession that fomented trouble. The local residents get on well. Just recently, Gudi Padwa, Shiv Jayanti and Ambedkar Jayanti rallies were held here in complete peace. All of us routinely tone down the volume of DJs and loudspeakers when we pass each others’ shrines, even during weddings.”
Senior inspector Chimaji Adhav of Malwani police station said, “This time we have deployed 50 officers and a manpower of 250 personnel. Apart from that we have conducted meetings with both communities, individually and in groups. We are confident the festival will pass off peacefully.”



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