Ratha Saptami, also spelt as Radhasaptami, is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Magh month. On this day the Sun God is worshipped by people for their better health and wealth.
When is Ratha Saptami?
Ratha Saptami is celebrated on the seventh day of brighter half of the month Magh (Magha Shudda Saptami). In 2010, Ratha Saptami falls on 22nd January, Friday. It falls just two days after Vasantha Panchami.
What are the Rituals and Customs During Ratha Saptami?
The Sun God is drawn with a chariot of seven horses, which represent the rainbows seven colours. On this day, people perform Punya Snan (Samudra Snan, Sacred bath in seas or rivers). Rangolis are made in front of every house welcoming the Sun Gods best blessings and his healthy and prosper rays.
Legend or Story or the Myth Around Ratha Saptami:
Once a King called Yashovarma was ruling the Kamboj empire. He was extremely religious and his people were living happily and were praising his ruling. But he had no children to look the country after him. He had become old. He worshipped God to give him a son. Hearing his prayers, God given him a son, who was very sick. The king was unhappy due to his sons sickness.
A Muni, Saint Vinit came to the king and told him that his sickness is because of his sins he had done in his previous birth. As the remedy to the kings scikness he advised the king to make his son to observe vow of Ratha Saptami. Kings son performed the puja on Ratha Saptami and became healthy to rule his people without any sufferings.