Ratha Saptami 2024: Date, Significance, and Rituals

In the realm of Hindu festivals Ratha Saptami shines as bright as the Sun. It’s also known as Magha Saptami and Surya Jayanti. This day is dedicated to the worship of Surya who is the Sun god in Hinduism. In this article we explore that celebration date in 2024, it’s importance and story behind this festival.

Ratha Saptami 2024 Date and Time

In 2024 Ratha Saptami will be celebrated on Friday, February 16. The Saptami tithi begins at 10:12 AM on February 15 and ends at 8:54 AM on February 16.

The festival date can be different every year because it is calculated based on the Hindu Lunar calendar. This day takes place on the seventh day (Saptami) of the bright fortnight (Shukla Paksha) in the month of Magha lining up with Sun’s path. 

The calculation involves analyzing planetary position, phases of the moon and studying the traditional Panchang. 

statue of surya dev

The Significance of Ratha Saptami

Ratha Saptami is considered to be an important festival in Hinduism as it involves the worship of the deity Surya, the Sun god in Hinduism. This day celebrates the importance of the Sun for life. Devotees believe that this practice brings health, wealth and spiritual growth. It is also believed that this is an auspicious day to begin something new and ask the Sun god for his blessings.

The Story Behind Ratha Saptami

In Hindu mythology Ratha Saptami is connected to the story of Surya dev and Aruna the driver of his chariot. Aruna was born with a physical deformity but overcame challenges through utmost devotion and unwavering faith. 

Because of Aruna’s dedication Lord Brahma appointed him as the charioteer of the Sun. During this festival people also remember the Sun god’s journey is his chariot which was pulled by seven horses that represent the seven colours of the sunlight.

In a different story, Lord Surya offers a gift to Yama, the god of death. According to the blessing, people who take a bath in one of the holy rivers on Magha Saptami are freed from the cycle of birth and death.

The Rituals and Traditions of Ratha Saptami

  • Sunrise bath: On this day, devotees wake up early to bathe in a river. This ceremonial bath is done for spiritual cleaning, purification and receiving positive energy from the Sun.
  • Prayers and offerings: Prayers dedicated to Surya dev are performed and thanks are given to the Sun for giving life energy by offering water, flowers and special food items.
  • Chariot processions: In some regions of India, ceremonies are held that showcase the statue of the Sun god in his chariot. Devotional songs and dance are performed representing the Sun’s journey through space.
  • Donation and charity: As part of this day’s rituals, people give back to the community. Devotees practice charity and help the less fortunate with donations. 
  • Chanting mantras: People often recite mantras and sing devotional songs dedicated to Surya dev to receive his blessings.

As we prepare for Ratha Saptami 2024 on february 16 let us focus on the Sun’s positive energy and give thanks to its life giving powers. Let’s start fresh and focus on spiritual growth. Worship the Sun god with utmost devotion to receive his blessings. 

The Astro Kundli team hopes you have an amazing Ratha Saptami 2024!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Ratha Saptami good or bad?

Ratha Saptami is considered an important time that celebrates the start of harvesting season. For most farmers, it is an auspicious time of the year. This day is also celebrated in honour of Surya dev and life energy we receive from the Sun.

What is the significance of Ratha Saptami?

Devotees believe that worshipping the Sun god on this day brings health, wealth and spiritual growth. It’s considered to be an auspicious day to receive the god’s blessings.

What to eat on Ratha Saptami?

During this festival people usually avoid meat and eat seasonal fruits, nuts, vegetables and whole grains. 

Is Ratha Saptami on 7th or 8th?

This year in 2024, Ratha Saptami will be celebrated on Friday, February 16.

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