In 2020, Saturday, Ratha Saptami will fall on 1st February. On Ratha Saptami, a Snan Muhurta is the major ceremony that takes place on specific timings and Muharat. The muhurat puja would be from 05:24 AM to 07:10 AM and the duration is 1 Hour 45 Minutes. Saptami Tithi will start by 03:51 PM on January 31, 2020, and finish by 06:10 PM on the other day.
Ratha Saptami is a Hindu festival celebrated in the month of February as per the Hindu calendar. This noteworthy festivity is devoted to Lord Shiva and thus exalted by Hindu devotees every year. According to Hindu Panchang, Ratha Saptami is observed on the bright fortnight of the moon, i.e. Shukla Paksha in Magha month. Therefore, this is famed with the name- Magha Saptami among Sun God’s worshipers. This is one of the distinguished Hindu holy observances which is famous as- the Birthday of Lord Surya and is better known to be- Surya Jayanti among devotees. It is also considered divine to revere Sun God deity sitting on His gold embellished chariot (Ratha) steered by 7 white horses with a rope.
According to Ancient tale, on the important day of Ratha Saptami, it is believed that- Lord Surya- Sun God enlightened the entire world. It is significant to take a sacred bath at the banks of the River- Ganga during Arunodaya (the time before sunrise) on this divine day to get rid of wrongdoings and all types of afflictions as well as illness. While taking a holy dip, one should also chant Surya Mantra. Post to the bath; venerate Lord Surya by offering Arghyadan with a Kalash followed by other pious rituals. Read More