Ratha Saptami: These Rituals Ensure a Long Life & Good Health

The Saptami Tithi of Shukla Paksha during Magha month is celebrated in the form of Ratha Saptami or Magha Saptami and it is dedicated to Lord Sun.

It is believed that it is the same day when Lord Sun begins his journey to revolve around the universe on the chariot of seven horses. This year, it is going to be celebrated on February 19, 2021. This festival has got immeasurable significance from a religious point of view and it is celebrated with great pomp and show. 

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This festival is also popular by the names of Magha Jayanti and Surya Jayanti. It is believed that Lord Sun started to improve the knowledge of the world from this very day. In this regard, this day is also celebrated as the birth anniversary of Lord Sun. Usually, the rituals of Ratha Saptami are carried out two days after the festival of Basant Panchami. On this day, the Sun shines the entire universe with his grace.   

Ratha Saptami Puja Tithi & Muhurat

Commencement of Saptami Tithi : 08:15 – February 18, 2021

End of Saptami Tithi : 10:55 – February 19, 2021

Ratha Saptami Puja: February 19, 2021 i.e. Friday

Arunodaya on Saptami: 06:32 AM

Significance of Ratha Saptami

 As per prevailing belief concerning Ratha Saptami, this day is considered to be the beginning of summer season and there are signs of change in the climatic conditions in parts of southern India. In addition to this, this day is also considered auspicious for farming. It is said that one who gives donations to the needy with a pious heart, gets rid of all past and present sins of life. Also, he/she gets blessed with longevity, prosperity and good health. 

On this day, there is a tradition of taking a bath at dawn. It is also believed that whosoever takes a bath in holy rivers, gets rid of all diseases especially, skin related infections and therefore, this Saptami is known as Arogya Saptami in several parts of the country. On the other hand, the saints consider this day as Achal Saptami.  

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Rituals of Ratha Saptami

  • Taking a bath at dawn bears special significance. There is a belief that one gets rid of diseases and sins after bathing.
  • Devotees in Tamil Nadu use Iruku leaves for this holy bath and offer water to Lord Sun from a pot after bathing.
  • Recite different names of Lord Sun 12 times to get more benefits.
  • Light the lamp/Diya filled with ghee and worship Lord Sun by offering red flowers and lightning incense sticks.
  • Women make a photo of Lord Sun along with his chariot to welcome him and make Rangoli at the entrance.
  • On this day, milk is poured in clay pots in the courtyard and it is said that it begins to boil with the heat of the Sun. Then, it is used to prepare Prasad and later offered as Bhog to Lord Sun. 

Places Which Organize Grand Celebrations of Ratha Saptami 

Grand ceremonies and special rituals are organised in the temples and holy places of Lord Sun. Great celebrations are held at Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple,Sri Manguz Temple and shrines and temples in several parts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra etc.

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Significance of Ratha Saptami

It is believed that one who venerates Lord Sun on the eve of Ratha Saptami, gets rid of past and present misdeeds and moves one step towards salvation (Moksha). Also, he/she is blessed with a long life and good health.

Beej Mantra of Lord Sun

Ratha Saptami is directly associated with Lord Sun and therefore, reciting Beej Mantra  ‘  ‘ ऊँ घृणि सूर्याय नम:’ ūm̐ ghṛṇi sūryāya nama:’ and ‘ ॐ सूर्याय नम:’ / aura ‘ oṃ sūryāya nama:’ is considered to be fruitful and sacred on this very day.

Besides this, if you want to attain prosperity, recite the following Mantra 108 times after offering water to Lord Sun.

एहि सूर्य सहस्त्रांशो तेजोराशे जगत्पते।

अनुकम्पय मां भक्त्या गृहणार्घ्यं दिवाकर।।” 

”ehi sūrya sahastrāṃśo tejorāśe jagatpate।

anukampaya māṃ bhaktyā gṛhaṇārghyaṃ divākara।।”

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Greatness of Ratha Saptami

As per established beliefs, whosoever meditates on Lord Sun while performing Yagya and reciting Mantras, gets his grace and blessings. Also, he/she remains healthy and imbibed with positive vibes with the worship of this day.  

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