Ratha Saptami 2024 Date, Mahurat, Significance and Puja Rituals

Ratha Saptami is devoted to the Hindu Sun God, Lord Surya. Hindus believe that Lord Surya rides a chariot drawn by seven horses; this form is adored at the Ratha Saptami festival and puja. The date of Ratha Saptami 2024 is February 16.

Ratha Saptami 2024

Hindus celebrate Ratha Saptami, also known as Rathasaptami. Achala Saptami and Surya Saptami are other names for this day. On the Saptami day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Magha, this festival is observed. Surya Dev is the only object of devotion on this day. 

Since Ratha Saptami also commemorates the birth of the Sun God, it is also known as Surya Jayanti, the Sun God’s birthday. Since Sage Kashyap and his wife Aditi were accepted as Surya’s sons on the day of Surya Saptami, it is also known as Surya Jayanti. Surya Dev’s mother is Aditi, and his father is Rishi Kashyap.

Ratha Saptami Muhurat 2024

Ratha Saptami, which occurs in the month of Magha and is dedicated to Lord Surya, is also known as Saptami Tithi, Magha Saptami, or Achala Saptami. Lord Vishnu is worshiped on this day as Surya Dev, often referred to as Suryanarayan. 

Ratha Saptami gets its name from the fact that it happens on the seventh day of the Shukla Paksha. Ratha means chariot, and Saptami means the seventh day. The Ratha Saptami 2024 date for this year is as follows:

Ratha Saptami 2024 Date     February 16, 2024
Ratha saptami Tithi Start Time  10:12 am on February 15, 2024
Ratha saptami Tithi End Time   8:53 am on February 16, 2024
Ratha Saptami Snan Muhurat 5:18 am to 6:58 am on February 16, 2024 

Worshiping Lord Surya on Ratha Saptami 2024 offers us several advantages, like health, riches, fame, power, energy, knowledge, healing from illness, protection from harmful energies, and much more. Nationwide, people do the Ratha Saptami puja with utmost devotion.

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How is Ratha Saptami Celebrated?

Numerous temples and sacred locations have been constructed as expressions of devotion to the Sun God. At all these locations, on the eve of Ratha Saptami, there are grand festivities and unique rites. 

Large-scale celebrations are held in many parts of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra as well as at temples like Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple, Shri Manguesh Temple, and Mallikarjun Temple.

Significance of Ratha Saptami

Ratha Saptami is significant since it coincides with Lord Surya’s birthday. The fact that Lord Surya’s Ratha moves in a north-easterly route by turning into the northern hemisphere is another importance of Ratha Saptami. This also signifies the arrival of a new season. 

Aruna serves as the charioteer for Surya Dev, who is shown in the Puras riding a chariot driven by seven skillful horses. This festival is particularly auspicious since it marks the start of the harvest season, and farmers worship the Sun in the hopes of harvesting an abundance of crops. 

Ratha Saptami History

On the day of Rathasapthami, Surya Dev was born to Rishi Kashyap and his spouse, Aditi. Following his son’s birth, Rishi Kashyap thanked Lord Vishnu for informing him that the child was Surya Dev’s incarnation. 

Rishi Kashyap’s son belongs to everyone, and his light would shine on both living things and inanimate items, according to Lord Vishnu’s further revelation. Additionally, the Sun would complete one Earth year by moving through each of the 12 signs. 

Ratha Saptami Puja Rituals 

The customs that you have to observe during the Vrat of Ratha Saptami 2024 are: 

  • Get up early and engage in prayer or meditation.
  • Before dawn, take a bath perhaps in a canal, river, or sea. It is reported that Surya Dev feels delighted when he holds leaves from the Arka plant on his head while having a bath. As an alternative, you may focus on Surya Dev while placing the Ark leaves on the head.
  • Just as it rises, offer Arghya to Surya Dev in a standing position. 
  • Next, light a ghee lamp and present red flowers, jaggery, kumkum, turmeric powder, Janeu (the holy thread of the Brahmins), and other items for puja while singing mantras.
  • Execute the Surya Namashkar.
  • Bow down and offer Surya Dev your sincere prayers.
  • Give to those in need.

Ratha Saptami 2024 Puja Benefits

The following blessings come to devotees who conduct the Ratha Saptami puja with total devotion:

  • It enhances a person’s emotional, mental, and physical well-being.
  • advantageous for couples hoping for a boy.
  • heals all illnesses and conditions, particularly those about the skin or eyes. Additionally, it promotes health by enhancing blood circulation and immunity.
  • gives the followers courage, strength, and vitality, which gives them a vibrant personality.
  • By completing this puja, one may free their soul from the cycle of life and death by atoning for their past and present transgressions.
  • Performing this puja may bring about a great deal of success, knowledge, name, renown, riches, and triumph over obstacles.
  • brings clarity, eases stress and anxiety, promotes tranquility, aids in moving forward on one’s spiritual path, and protects against bad energies. 

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