UGADI IS A FESTIVAL OF JOY TO EXPERIENCE
The first day of Lunar Calendar is called Uga:di or Yuga:di. Ve:dic scriptures reveal that the creation was started on Yuga:di day. When Lord Na:ra:yana decided to start the creation from the Milk Ocean, a lotus flower emerged from his navel. When the lotus was opened, a four-headed Bramha was sitting in it. God gave him Ve:dic Knowledge and ordered him to start the creation with the help of Ve:das. Vedic Scriptures recommend 3 activities to be done on Yuga:di Day,
1) Abhyangana Sna:nam
2) Pancha:nga Sravanam
3) Nimba Kusuma Bhakshanam.
SRI RAMA NAVAMI AND SRI SITA RAMA KALYANAM
According to the Lunar Calendar, Sri: Ra:ma Navami is celebrated on the 9th day of Chaithra month that comes during Vasantha Ruthu, the spring season. It was on this day that Lord Vishnu was born as Lord Ra:ma. The sage Va:lmi:ki revealed the whole story to us in the epic of Sri: Ra:ma:yana. The 9th day of Yuga:di was named as Sri Ra:ma Navami in the memory of Lord Sri Ra:mas birth. Ra:ma went to the forest along with sage Viswa:mithra to guard the Yajna when he was twelve years old. To show his gratitude, sage Viswa:mithra took Ra:ma to Mithila and performed the marriage of all four brothers with the consent of their father. So, we celebrate the Si:tha Ra:ma Kalya:nam, the divine wedding function also on this Navami day.