Magha Sukla Sapthami - Ratha Sapthami
Thursday, February 15, 2024
Ratha Saptami is known as Surya Jayanthi, the birth of Surya to sage Kashyapa and his wife Aditi (the Sun God’s birthday). For good health it is advised to perform Ratha Saptami pooja (worship) with reverence, to rid of his past sins. It is also said that sage Bheeshma took his last breath on the fourth day after the Ratha Saptami day on Ekadasi, therefore known as Bheeshma Ekadasi.
Special prayers are offered to the Sun God on this occasion: Adityahridayam, Surya Gayathri, Suryashtakam, Surya Sahasram namam.
The preferred time for the pooja is within one hour after sunrise.
Paravannam(sweet rice pudding) is offered as nayvedyam.
Magha Sukla Saptami Ratha Sapthami
Sri Surya Aradhana / Bhanu Saptami
Who worship Surya are bestowed with wealth, good health and longevity.
Significance of Bhanu Saptami: When a Saptami falls on Sunday, it is known Bhanu Saptami. It is known on this day, Surya made his first appearance on the chariot of seven horses. The day is also known as Surya Saptami or Vyavaswathma Saptami. Bhanu Saptami is observed in Magha, Falguna, Jyeshta, Kartika month. The most auspicious Bhanu Saptami falls in Magha month is known as Magha Saptami or Ratha Saptami.
On Bhanu Saptami, Lord Sun is being worshiped by performing the Abhisheka, Homam, Japa and Daana.
Devotees recite Adityahridayam, Surya Gayathri, Suryashtakam, Surya Sahasram namam to please Surya bhagavan to seek healthy life for forever.
Milk is boiled in the pot which is kept facing towards the Sun. It is being believed that when milk boils it reaches the Sun. The Paramannam (Kheer) made up of wheat or rice is offered to PRATHYAKSHA NARAYANA (Surya) as prasadam. Wheat grains are being donated to Brahmins for Surya graha dosha or to appease Surya Bahagavan.
The preferred time for the pooja is within one hour after sunrise. Paravannam(sweet rice pudding) is offered as nayvedyam.
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