This hugely popular festival is dedicated to the worship of Lord Rama. It is held on the ninth day of the bright half of the Chaitra month in the Hindu calendar. The occassion has devout Hindus fasting around Ghaziabad. Temples dedicated to the Lord are beautifully decorated and brightly illuminated during the festival. Passages from the hindu epic Ramayana are read in the temples and also in many Hindu homes. Many devotees come to the temple to listen to the recitation and worship the Lord. People also offer worship to Lord Rama in their own homes.