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Ram Navami - The birth of Lord Rama
Holy Prasaad - Coconut and milk burfies
Prasaad is offered to the deities during prayers

Prasaad (holy offering) in the form of coconut and milk 'burfis' are usually offers to the deities during the prayers.

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FACTS

Temples of Lord Rama in the Midlands:
Ram Krishna Temple
39 Wellington Road
Wolverhampton

Shri Rama Mandir
Ford Street, Pleck
Walsall
West Midlands
WS2 9BU

Ram Mandir
8 Walford Road
Sparkbrook
Birmingham, B11 1JL
West Midlands
Tel: 0121-773 5735

Rama Mandir
Hildyard Road
Leicester LE4 5GG

Shree Hindu Temple
274 Stoney Stanton Road Coventry CV6 5DJ
Tel: 02476 685898
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Lord Rama – the exile years

According to the family hierarchy, Rama was to be the heir to the throne. But jealousy engulfed Dasharath’s second queen Kaikayi.

Due to a long unfulfilled promise, she asked Dasharath to banish Rama to a 14 year exile and make her son, Bharata the King.

Obeying his stepmother’s wishes, Rama happily abdicates the throne. Along with his spouse, Sita and brother Lakshmana, He leaves the city of Ayodhya.
Ramnavmi Card
Cards with Ramnavami greetings are sent to friends and families

Departure of Rama saw the death of King Dasharath.

Meanwhile Rama's younger brother Bharata, refuses to take the throne but he agrees to rule over Ayodhya as Rama's vice- regent.

During their time in exile, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana suffered many trials and tribulations.

One of them involved the abduction of Sita by the King Ravana.

This was carried out as an act of vengeance against the killing of his subjects by Rama.

In the fiercely contested battles that followed, Ravana was killed and Sita was rescued.

Rama victoriously returned to Ayodhya to be reunited with his brothers once again. He was crowned the King of Ayodhya.

This joyous occasion was later named Diwali.

Rama’s subsequent reign was named Ram Rajya, perfect in every way, it was known as the golden age.

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