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Ratha Saptami - Dedicated to Lord Surya

Ratha Saptami festival celebrated as birth anniversary of Sun god.

Dedicated to Lord Surya, the festival of Ratha Saptami falls on the saptami tithi of Shukla Paksha in Magha month. The festival is also known as Magha Saptami

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 isnot meant the Sun God Surya turning his Ratha (Chariot) drawn by seven horses, with Aruṇa as the charioteer, towards the northern hemisphere, in a north-easterly direction. BUT It actually meant to birth of Surya and hence celebrated as Surya Jayanti (the Sun-god’s birthday) called as RATHASAPTHAMI who the god surya riding the chariot with seven horses to light up the seven worlds. AND sun turns towards to northern hemisphere starting day is on MAKARA SANKRANTI day.

Sun worship is deep rooted in the Vedas of the Hindu religion and its antiquity also relates to several mythologies of the world such as that of China, Egypt and Mesopotamia. The Gayatri Mantra jap – the sacred Vedic chants to Savitr (Sun god) – is recited by the Hindus every day with great reverence. As the puranic Hinduism evolved, the worship of Sun was established.

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