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Ratha Saptami or the Surya Jayanthi
Ratha Saptami is a very happy celebration of the Sun God who is said to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Hindus have always worshipped or believed in the Sun god or Surya. On this special day, the sun is worshipped whereby the sun is believed to be a horse drawn chariot. There are seven horses which are symbolic to the seven colors of the rainbow. On this day rangolis are made on all sides of a picture with the chariot and the seven horses. In the centre cow dung is burnt. Also on this day, milk is boiled I earthen vessels, it is a common belief that boiling milk reaches the sun.
Ratha Saptami Festival Dates:
Ratha Saptami Date 2017- 03 February
Ratha Saptami Date 2018- 24 January
Ratha Saptami Date 2019- 12 February
Ratha Saptami Date 2020- 01 February
Ratha Saptami Date 2021- 19 February
Ratha Saptami Date 2022- 07 February
Importance of Ratha Saptami
Surya is believed to be extremely important as he is the source of life. There is absolutely no life without the sun. This is the prime reason why the sun is placed between the nine planets or the navagrahas. People believe and pray to the sun god for many reasons, one main reason is that the sun is said to be the provider of health and wealth. It is a common and popular practice that exposure to the sun in the morning every single day makes you feels radiant, energetic and more than anything very happy.
People on this day should ideally pray to the Surya Dev by reciting or chanting or even listening to Vedam or the various parayanams. Praying to the sun everyday helps keep problems at bay and ensures good health and prosperity. There are many people who make offerings to the sun god every single day without fail. Their beliefs and faith in the sun keep passing on to their next generations. This is how people even today have their faith intact.
Ratha Saptami is the day when Surya was born to saint Kashyapa. The sun travels both north and south in a year. The first half of the year is considered to be more auspicious than the second half. On this day a special shower is taken with seven leaves. One is placed on the head, two on the shoulders, two on the knees and two on the foot. All temples perform special pujas to the Sun God on this day. Chant the important mantras and be part of the Ratha Saptami celebrations.
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