The birth anniversary of Lord Rama, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is known as Ramnavami. The pilgrims flock the temples of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, where Rama was born and Pondicherry to participate in Ramnavami festivities. The highlights of the festival are Rama Leela (the play depicting the major life events of Rama), colourful processions with brilliant floats of Rama, His consort Sita, brother Lakshmana and the great devotee and monkey-general Hanuman. The festival lasts for nine days and marks the beginning of the New Year according to the Hindu calendar. Celebrated in Chaitra, it usually falls in March or April.