Ramayana festival is being widely appreciated
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel inaugurated the National Ramayana Festival at Ramleela Maidan in Raigarh district today. National Ramayana Festival is being widely appreciated not only in Chhattisgarh but also across the country. Throughout the day, National Ramayana Festival trended number one on various social media platforms and people were lauding this initiative of Chhattisgarh Government to organize National Ramayana Festival.
It is noteworthy that for the first time in Chhattisgarh, 'National Ramayana Festival' is being organized from June 01 to 03 at the historic Ramleela Maidan in Raigarh. At this mega event, devotional performances based on Ramkatha will be staged by Ramayana troupes from 12 states of the country as well as those from Cambodia and Indonesia. Through these performances, people would get to see a glimpse of various diverse national-global forms of Ramkatha.
The competition of Ramayana Mandalis based on the Aranya Kand of Ramayana has commenced, and the nationally renowned artists have arrived in Chhattisgarh to stage their musical performances at 'Bhajan Sandhya' of the Ramayana Festival. Ramayana teams from Kerala, Karnataka, Odisha, Assam, Goa, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are participating in this national festival. On the last day of the National Ramayana Festival, eminent Hindi poet Kumar Vishwas will extol the glory of Lord Shri Ram with his special performance at 'Apne-Apne Ram Music Night'.
Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel addressed the audience at the ‘National Ramayana Festival’
"Lord Shri Ram belongs to everyone, including Nishadraj and Shabri" - CM Mr.Bhupesh Baghel
He highlighted the dual form of Lord Shri Ram, who is both ‘Nirakara’ and ‘Sakara’, and emphasized that believers connect with him in both these forms
Referring to the rich cultural heritage of Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Mr.Baghel spoke about the state's deep connection with Lord Shri Ram
He mentioned that Chhattisgarh is the land of Kaushalya Mata, Lord Shri Ram was expected to be crowned but instead embarked on his exile. During his time in the state, Lord Shri Ram met with Nishadraj, Shabri, and various sages, symbolizing the diverse experiences he had during his journey
Chief Minister Mr.Baghel emphasized that despite facing numerous challenges, Lord Shri Ram never compromised his dignity. He spent a significant period of his exile, ten years, in Chhattisgarh, forging a deep connection with the state.
The Chief Minister further expressed that the people of Chhattisgarh have a special relationship with both the Vanavasi (exile) Ram and the Kaushalya’s Ram, considering him nephew and revering him accordingly.
Highlighting the diverse facets of Lord Ram's character, Chief Minister Baghel emphasized that Chhattisgarh's relationship with Lord Shri Ram extends beyond just the exile period. It encompasses the connection with Shabri's Ram and Kaushalya's Ram, showcasing the multifaceted nature of his connection.