Why People Celebrate Ratha Saptami Festival? Here is Ratha Saptami Date And Time in 2024

Today, on February 16, we are celebrating Ratha Saptami festival, also known as Magha Saptami. It’s a special Hindu festival that honors the birth of Lord Surya, the sun god. The term “Ratha” means chariot, and “Saptami” refers to the seventh day. Ratha Saptami occurs on the seventh day of the bright lunar fortnight in the month of Magha.

Ratha Saptami Shubh Muhurat Time in 2024

On February 15, 2024, the seventh day of the lunar fortnight, known as Saptami Tithi, began at 10:12 am. If you want to take a bath on Ratha Saptami, the auspicious time is from 5:17 am to 6:59 am. Civil dawn, the time when the sun is just below the horizon, occurs at 6:35 am on Ratha Saptami. The actual sunrise, as observed, happens at 6:59 am. The Saptami Tithi concludes at 8:54 am on February 16, 2024.

History Behind Ratha Saptami Festival

People have been worshipping the sun since ancient times, and this practice is mentioned in old texts like the Vedas. According to stories, the sage Kashyapa and his wife Aditi were blessed with the birth of Lord Surya, who is considered one of the Adityas.

There’s another tale about a king named Yashovarma who prayed for a son, and when his prayers were answered, the child fell seriously ill. To heal his son, the king performed Ratha Saptami worship, guided by a saint. After the rituals, the king’s son recovered and eventually became the ruler of the kingdom.

What is Significance of Ratha Saptami Festival?

During the Ratha Saptami festival, people believe that the Sun God, Surya, starts moving towards the northern hemisphere on a chariot pulled by seven horses. This day is also known as Surya Jayanti, celebrating Lord Surya’s birth. Ratha Saptami marks the start of spring and the beginning of the harvest season. Farmers from all over visit sun temples to seek blessings from Lord Surya for a successful harvest.

Why People Celebrate Ratha Saptami Festival?

On Ratha Saptami, people worship the Sun God to bring good luck and cleanse themselves of sins. Devotees wake up early, offer water to the rising sun, and observe a day-long fast. Farmers pray for a good harvest and favorable weather throughout the year.

It’s a special day to show gratitude to the Sun, which provides warmth and light, making life possible on Earth. Ratha Saptami is also a time to donate clothes and food to the less fortunate, while praying for long life, prosperity, and good health.

Also Read: Ganesh Chaturthi: The Celebration of Lord Ganesha

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