Ram Barat (Hindi: राम बारात) is a part of Ramlila celebration in Agra. It is one of the biggest annual event in North India. Ram Barat literally mean Baraat Marriage procession of Shri Ram. Every year a new locality is chosen in Agra and is elaborately decorated with lights & flowers. The area is given a major face lift befitting the venue for the divine marriage.
The history of Ram Barat is said to be around 125 years old, when Lala Kokamal, a reputed business man, started the tradition of three days of festivities, revolving around the royal wedding. His influence has been so great on this festival that the road from where the Baraat proceeds is been named 'Lala Kokamal Marg' as well as the grounds where Ram Lila is held is named after Lala Kokamal.In 1966 when he died his son Radharaman took the charge as secretary of Ramlila till his death in 1978. At present his youngest son Raj Narain is treasurer of Ramlila and his Grand son Hari kishan Agarwal is Vice president of this prestigious society.
In 2008, the Ram Barat was held in the Kamla Nagar area. In 2010 it will be held in the Balkeshwar area. In 2013 Jank puri was celebrated at Kamla Nagar Agra.
Preparation for the mega event begin well in advance and the best craftsmen from the country are invited to set up the Janak Mahal and other elaborate structures. The locality selected for Ram Barat is given special funding and is decorated like a bride's paternal home, ready to receive the Baraati's i.e.: Shri Ram and his family entourage.
The festivities last for three days. On the first day marriage procession is taken out which is watched by millions of people of Agra as well as those arriving from neighbouring districts of Rajasthan & Madhya Pradesh. The place is lit up with thousands of lights and non stop music,the cinema theatres run film shows throughout the night to accommodate the migratory crowd. These three days are like carnival when people from all walks of life come together to have a great time.
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