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    Rathasapthami is the ritual observed in the Tamil month of Thai (Maga) on the seventh day from Amavasya. Ratha means the chariot, (the chariot of the Sun) and
    Sapthami is the tithi that falls on the seventh day in Sukla Paksha after Amavasya.

    Rathasapthami is noted for the Uttarayana kalam in which it is observed. It signifies the energetic journey of the Sun in the northern hemisphere as he has moved to the house of Saturn, Capricorn from Dhanush. This transit of the Sun is the harbinger of warm days and spring season after the bitter cold of the winter days. It showcases energy and activity and thus Rathasapthami is celebrated to commemorate the increased atmospheric warmth and energy through the transit of the Sun. Lord Vishnu is also worshipped on this day.

    Rathasapthami is considered as the birthday of the Sun and thus is celebrated as Surya Jayanthi in many places of India. It is also the time Bhishma breathed his last.

    How to observe Rathasapthami

    Having a holy bath in the morning and reciting prayers and slokas like Surya Astothram, Adithya Hridhayam, Suryashtakam and offering milk as neivedyam is the way people observe Rathasapthami.

    People keep 7 arga (erruku) leaves with akshadhai (rice mixed with turmeric) while taking bath chanting the following sloka.

    Sapta Sapti Priye Devi Sapta Loka Pradeepike;

    Sapta janmaarjitam paapam hara saptami satvaram

    Etatjanma krutam paapam krutam sapta sujanmasoo

    Naumi saptami Devitwaam sapta lokaika Maataram

    Saptaarga patra snaane mama paapam Vyopahayae

    With this sloka, people pray to Sun God while bathing to relieve us of our sins committed during our seven births.

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    Afterr bath, we offer surya argyam (jala tarpanam) with water and offer milk as neivedyam to Sun God. Arghyam is offered to the Sun with the following mantra

    Saptasaptivaha! preetah ! saptalokapradeepana,Saptameesahito deva !gruhaanaarghyamdivaakara! ''

    Erruku reflects the energy of the Sun and keeping it on our forehead will increase our energy. It is called ‘arka’ in Sanskrit, which is synonymous with the name of Sun God. Erruku is as sacred to the Sun as tulsi is to Lord Vishnu.

    Read our blog on Rathasapthami (ரதசப்தமி) to understand its significance and how to observe.

    Please click on either of the below links, to read the blog in your desired language

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    Last edited by AMA Vedic Services; 02-02-2017 at 03:58 PM.

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