With the Hindu festival of Ram Navami just a day away, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao today conveyed his greetings to people of the state for the occasion.
In a statement, he said, "The relationship between Lord Ram and Goddess Sita is holy and the way the sacrifices they made for the welfare of mankind should be an inspiration to the present and future generations. I will pray to Lord Ram and Goddess Sita to shower their blessings on the people of Telangana and to help them lead happy lives of peace, satisfaction, and prosperity."
However, he also cautioned the public from organising, or participating in any large festivities, and added, "The Ram Navami celebrations, which are held on Chaitra Suddha Navami in the Vasantha rithu (Spring season), are celebrated on a large scale every year. But this year, no large-scale festivities will be held to mark the occasion due to the ongoing pandemic
KCR urged the devotees of Ram and Sita to watch the celebrations to be held at Bhadrachalam online this year.
Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan also extended her greetings to the public on the eve of Ram Navami, saying, "I extend my heartiest wishes to all on the auspicious occasion of Ram Navami. The festival is celebrated all over the country with great devotion and dedication on the auspicious Punarvasu-Janma Nakshatra of Lord Ram, who is known as the personification of dharma for all his ideal qualities. The celestial Kalyana Mahotsavam of Sri Ram with his consort Sita is celebrated on this holy occasion. He is the remover of all fear and vanquisher of all sin. On this happy occasion, I once again extend my warmest greetings to the people of the state. May the blessings of Lord Ram, the Maryada Purushotham, help us fight the Covid-19 pandemic successfully."
Like the CM, she too appealed to the people to celebrate the festival safely, and said, "I appeal to you all to celebrate the festival while adhering strictly to the Covid-19 preventive measures. Please adhere to Covid-appropriate behaviour during your celebrations."