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From: Sridhar Srinivasan (ss_at_clihouston.com)
Date: Mon Mar 29 1999 - 02:02:50 PST

:Sri Mani wrote:
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:> 
:> Unrelated topic but important issue:
:> 
:> I just found out that pAncarAtra SrI rAma navami is actually
:> next month.  Some members of our list (particularly those
:> in the Thengalai sampradAyam) will be observing SrI rAma navami
:> next month.
:> 
:> Can someone explain why there is this date difference?

>From what I have been told, the pAncharAtra SrI rAma navami is 
celebrated on the day of shukla paksha navami  in the month of 
chittirai.  The relevant shlokam from vaalmiki raamaayaNam is the 
basis: 

thathaha cha dvAdashE mAsE chaitrE nAvamikE thithou
nakshatrE~dithi daivatye...

Sri RAma was born on the day of navami in the month of Chaitra under 
the auspices of punarvasu nakshatram (reference to Aditi above as 
the presiding deity of punarvasu).  Interesting point to note above: 
 Sri Rama was born after a pregnancy term of twelve months (or six 
two-month seasons).

Azhwaar Emberumaanaar Jeeyar thiruvaDigaLE sharaNam

sridhar