Rama Navami is a traditional Hindu Festival to celebrate the birth of Lord Shri Rama. Lord Rama is the sixth reincarnation of Lord Vishnu himself and in Tamil Nadu temples we celebrate “Shri Rama Navami Utsavam” for nine days. It is firmly believed that mere chanting of His name ‘Rama’ burns ignorance, passion and sin. With or without knowledge, correctly or incorrectly, when the word “Rama” is pronounced it showers a rain of good upon the devotees. My mom usually reads Samkshepa Ramayan and she performs a simple pooja by reciting Shri Rama Ashtothram and then finish the pooja with Arti,Nevedhyams.
As I always say, for each and every celebration we have specific foods to offer to God as Prashad. There might be some scientific or logical reasons behind it.Say for example, RamaNavami falls in tamil month ‘Chithirai'[Mid April] which is supposed to be the hottest month in a year.
The nevedhyams that we offer to Lord Rama are Pankam(jaggery water with Lemon Juice), Neer Mor (spiced butter milk) and Kosumalli (Raw Moongdal salad with cucumber).In this hot month of April, these RamaNavami nevedhyams will help to cool our body and protect us from unnecessary health issues.