‘Rama Navami‘ is a Hindu festival celebrated in honor and memory of Lord Rama. The festival marks the incarnation of Lord Vishnu as Sri Rama.
The Nepalis celebrate the festival with utmost devotion by singing Rama Katha recitals or reading Rama stories including the Ramayana.
On this auspicious festival, the devotees visit Rama or Vishnu temples that spread across Nepal.
The Ram Janaki Temple in Janakpur will be thronged with devotees on this day.
Other important temples that will be filled with devotees on this festival are Ram Mandir in Battisputali, Changu Narayan in Bhaktapur, and Budhanilkantha Temple, Ichangu Narayan and Bichangu Narayan in Kathmandu.
Ram Navami in Nepal is celebrated with great fervor across the country annually. However, the 2020 Ram Navami celebrations are slightly different from the way it’s celebrated so far.
The Nepali Government has imposed many stringent policies including nationwide lockdown, suspended mass gatherings and banned celebrations to stem the spread of coronavirus.[MUST READ: Nepal Government Cancels ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ Campaign]
These restrictions have thrown a spanner in this year’s Ram Navami celebrations.
The government has appealed to Nepalis to celebrate the festival at their respective homes and avoid any religious gatherings.
So far, Nepal has reported only five coronavirus cases. But the government is on high alert as the country lacks basic healthcare facilities to combat coronavirus in case of outbreak.