Ratha Saptami, Stories, Importance and Method of Worship
Friends, Hinduism has the ritual of worshiping almost all the gods and goddesses, be it Hinduism, Maa Saraswati, Maa Kali, Lord Shankar, Hanuman Ji, Ram Ji, all the constellations – stars, moons, etc. Similarly, there is a law in Hinduism to worship the Sun God.
Today we are going to talk about the worship of Lord Surya and will know how to worship the Sun God, and also about Ratha Saptami, which is celebrated with great fanfare by the Hindu society. is.
Ratha Saptami Festival
The fast of Ratha Saptami is dedicated to Lord Surya, Ratha Saptami is celebrated as the birthday of Surya. This fast is observed on the seventh day of the Shukla Paksha of the month of Magh. It is believed that, if this Saptami falls on a Sunday, it is known as Achala Bhanu Saptami and its importance increases further.
It is also known as Surya Saptami, Achala Saptami, and Arogya Saptami. According to beliefs, on this day Lord Surya illuminated the whole world with his light and it is also believed that on this day, Lord Surya pulls his chariot in the form of Arun Sarathi with seven horses.
The chariot and seven horses represent the seven colors of the rainbow. Also, seven horses represent the seven days of the week. This festival dedicated to Surya is celebrated by all Hindus in their homes and temples.
Importance of Ratha Saptami
According to the belief of the people, bathing in the holy river on this day gets rid of all the diseases of the body, on this day, the devotees who worship Lord Surya with complete law and practice, get son and wealth. In the scriptures, the sun has been called healing.
The effects of this fast relieve any type of weakness related to the body, such as bone weakness, joint pain, etc. Praising the Sun by turning your face towards the Sun God also gives relief from a serious problem like dermatitis.
On this day, the Sun God himself accepts the offering of Kheer made of milk and accepts the wishes of the devotees, that is why on this day women in many houses draw pictures of the Sun God with their chariots and them in front of their homes Makes beautiful rangoli. In the courtyard, it is boiled in the pottery by pouring milk in the heat of the sun, which makes kheer and later it is used to offer to the sun god as an offering.
The worship of the Sun God is also mentioned in the Vedas of Hinduism and its antiquity is rooted in many mythologies. There are many stories related to Ratha Saptami, which are explained below-
According to the legend, in the Dwapar era, Lord Krishna’s son Shamb was very proud of his physical strength and strength. Shamb once humiliated Sage Durvasa because of this pride, and enraged by this insult, Sage Durvasa cursed Shamb to suffer from leprosy.
The effect of the curse slowly began to appear on the Shamb, and he became completely leprosy. He was treated naturally but to no avail. When Lord Krishna came to know about this, he suggested his son Shamb worship the sun. By obeying the father’s command, Shamb worshiped and worshiped Surya with full law.
Surya Dev was happy with the worship of Shamb which resulted in him being blessed by the Sun God and he freed him from leprosy. For this reason, the devotees worship the Sun on the day of Saptami, and by pleasing the Sun, they get health, sons, wealth and happiness.
In ancient times, Harshavardhana’s poet Mayur Bhatt suffered from leprosy, he also got rid of this disease by worshiping the Sun God. He has composed the Ravi Granth. Sun God is worshiped on this day.
Once upon a time, there was a king, who had a vast empire but had no heir, but after a long time, he received a son as a result of his prayer to God. But his son was not mentally sound.
Once, a saint came to the king and told the king that he was not well due to the sins of the son’s previous birth, and advised him that his son performed Ratha Saptami with reverence to get rid of his past sins. Should be worshiped. The king’s son kept this chariot fast on Saptami and due to this affect his health was recovered and later he ruled his kingdom efficiently.
A courtesan did not make any kind of charity in her entire life when her last time came, she went to the specific sage, and told all the things and asked how she can get salvation, while she did her whole life Has not made any kind of donation.
After listening to him, Muni said that today is Ratha Saptami, on this day, one should keep a fast while taking bath and take care of Sun God to recite the worship of Sun God. By which man is freed from all sins and departs towards heaven. The courtesan chose the path followed by the sage and after his death, he got the chance to join Indra’s Apsara.
Method of Worship
- On the day of fasting, Arghya should be given before sunrise in the morning, bathing in flowing water and chanting Surya Mantra.
- Offer Arghya to the Sun in Namaskar Mudra, as well as keeping 7 leaves of Aak on the head.
- Light a lamp of pure ghee and worship the sun with camphor, red flowers, etc.
- The Sun Stotra should be recited on this day.
- By observing this fast, bathing of the entire Magh month attains the virtue.
- Make donations according to your faith, because bathing, donations, worship, etc. performed on this day give a thousand times more fruit.
- After doing the puja in the evening, do the fruit.
- On this day, the Sun God grants good health, longevity, and success.
- Oil and salt must be discarded on this day.
- Due to the effect of this fast, planetary defects are removed.
- Its effect brings peace and happiness to the house, and the desired blessing is obtained.
- Brahmins should have food. Also, if possible on this day, Lord Sun’s Rath Yatra should be done.
On this day, Lord Malayappa Swami’s principal deity Sri-Devi and his favored deity along with the Bhumi-Devi are taken in a procession. Which includes thousands of people. In this way, the fast and festival of Ratha Saptami are celebrated. If you also have any kind of physical disease, then you should also do this fast to get the grace of the Sun God.
Friends, this was information about Ratha Saptami, if seen, it has also been considered a symbol of the beginning of the change of spring season. For most Indian farmers, it is also the beginning of the new year. This fast is observed all over the country, mainly on this day a one-day Brahmotsavam is organized in Tirumala.