What is Ramanavami
Ramanavami is a festival exclusive to Bihar, Jharkhand and UP, in India. It is the day when the great Lord of Hindus, Lord Rama was born. It is the birthday of Lord Rama which is celebrated as the occasion of Ramanavami. It is basically celebrated in the Chait month (Hindi month), in the navami day of the Shukla pakhsa. It is a grand occasion for people of Jharkhand especially and especially in Hazaribag. The talks of Hanuman and Lord Rama is popular that Hanuman was a devotee of Lord Rama, and one of the biggest people of help to him. So Lord Rama told Hanuman that in Ramanavami, first Hanuman will be worshiped and then only Lord Rama will be worshipped. So it is an occasion when Lord Rama and Hanuman, both are worshiped.
Ramanavami is a festival about which the whole India knows however, it is exclusive to Bihar, Jhakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Ramanavami festival was first started in the city of Hazaribag, Jharkhand. It is Hazaribag where the Ramanavami festival is celebrated with the greatest pomp and show. To watch this great celebration, people come from other districts like Chatra and also from Patna sometimes (they always from far places too) just in order to watch this great occasion of the Jharkhandi Hindus. In other parts of India, if Ramanavami is celebrated, it is celebrated for one day only, that is the Navami day. However, in Hazaribag, it is a three days celebration, on the Navami, Dashmi and also on the Ekadashi day. On the ekadashi day the celebration ends by the midnight with great pomp and show.
It is possible that the people of Hazaribag don’t get holidays for any other festival, but it never possible that they won’t get holiday for Ramanavami in Jharkhand. It is necessary for people of Jharkhand to celebrate Ramanavami because it is the part of their lives and they cannot miss it.
Processions in Ramanavami
There may be smaller or bigger processions in other parts of India, but in Hazaribag, the processions are really big. You can imagine the size of the processions which they mostly bring on the trucks. The size is so big that the electricity department cuts electricity supply in the whole of the city just because some processions may strike the wires on the top and may get injured and perhaps, may even loses life.
There are in total about 108 processions from such a small city. 108 processions also include the processions from the nearby villages of Hazaribag district.