Ratha Saptami is symbolic of the change of season to spring and the start of the harvesting season. For most Indian farmers, it is an auspicious beginning of the New Year. The festival is observed by all Hindus in their houses and in innumerable temples dedicated to Surya, across India.
Ratha Saptami is a Hindu festival that is celebrated on the seventh day of the bright half of the Hindu lunar month of Magha. The festival is dedicated to the sun god Surya and is observed by Hindus all over the world.
Here are some ways in which Ratha Saptami can be celebrated:
1. Perform puja to Surya: The main way to celebrate Ratha Saptami is to perform puja (worship) to the sun god Surya. This can be done by lighting a lamp or diya (oil lamp) and offering flowers and other offerings such as incense and fruit.
2. Chant mantras: Chanting mantras dedicated to Surya is another way to celebrate Ratha Saptami. Some popular mantras include the Gayatri Mantra and the Surya Ashtakam.
3. Offer arghya: Arghya is a ritual offering of water to the sun god. This can be done by placing a small vessel of water in the direction of the sun and offering it with a prayer.
4. Participate in yagnas: Yagnas, or fire rituals, are a traditional way to celebrate Ratha Saptami. These rituals involve offering oblations to the gods through the medium of fire.
5. Donate to the poor: It is believed that charitable acts on Ratha Saptami bring good fortune and blessings. Donating to the poor and engaging in acts of service are therefore considered auspicious on this day.
6. Fast: Some people observe a fast on Ratha Saptami as a way of showing devotion to the sun god. The fast is broken after the puja ceremony is completed.
- Date: February 16 2024
- Also Called: Surya Jayanti, Magha Saptami
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- Religious Type: Hindus