Rathasaptami day

Discussion in 'Pujas Prayers & Slokas' started by Rohi, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. Rohi

    Rohi New IL'ite

    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Gender:
    Female
    Hi,


    Is rathasaptami day one of the most auspcious muhurta days in hindu calendar like akshaya thritiya and vijayadasami?
     
  2. tnkesaven

    tnkesaven Gold IL'ite

    Messages:
    545
    Likes Received:
    158
    Trophy Points:
    108
    Gender:
    Male
    Significance of Ratha Sapthami:

    - It is said to be the day when Surya
    ratha(his chariot drawn by 7 white horses) changes direction of travel. It is also considered as Surya 's birthday.

    - Ratha Sapthami is the seventh thithi after the Amavasya (new moon) thithi in the month of the Thai (mid January - mid February).

    Scientific Reasoning:

    -worship procedure is the Ratha Sapthami ritual bath. The leaves of the erukku shrub (Calotropis gigantea, remember the "erukka maalai" we adorn Ganesha with on Ganesh Chathurthi? Its the leaf of that plant) shrub form an important part of the Ratha Sapthami ritual bath.

    - Sri Agasthiar says that these leaves have an innate spiritual force that's similar to the one derived from the sihka knot and thus they can be used to achieve spiritual effects similar to those gotten from the sikha.

    - The Ratha Sapthami worship procedure is designed to imbue us with gnaana (knowledge of the Divine) and launch us towards the Divine. Sri Agasthiar informs us that the practice of wearing one's hair in the sikha(kudumi) form is very conducive to the blossoming of gnaana. When sunlight falls on that head where the hair is tied in the sikha knot, it sets spiritual wheels in motion that start the process of gnaana acquisition

    - But this is not practiced in modern times. So sage Agasthiya has mentioned an alternative.

    How to worship Surya on Ratha Sapthami:
    - On Ratha Sapthami day, wake up before sunrise, place a block of wood in the bathroom and seat yourself facing east.

    - Place the following on your head (erukka leaves, some akshadai(turmeric mixed with rice, manjal) and take a head bath

    - After the ritual bath, wear dry clothing and perform Soorya Namaskar and recite Sri Agasthiar's Aditya Hrudayam hymn.
    In case you are not able to follow all of these, please do the following minimum things:

    - Think of Lord Surya and pray to him sincerely on this day. He is the Lord who bestows good health and prosperity, hence pray to him for good health.

    - In case you cannot chant Aditya Hrudayam or dont have the time, you can chant "Om Sooryaya namaha" 108 times and offer your prayers.
     
    3 people like this.
  3. nilasisu

    nilasisu Bronze IL'ite

    Messages:
    182
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    33
    Gender:
    Female
    hi tnkesavan,

    very nice and important details u have given,thank u very much.
     
  4. pbakshaya

    pbakshaya New IL'ite

    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Gender:
    Female
    thank you for giving this.
    priya.
     
  5. Muthuraji

    Muthuraji IL Hall of Fame

    Messages:
    8,007
    Likes Received:
    2,058
    Trophy Points:
    338
    Gender:
    Female
    Thank you very much for providing the details. I was about to enquire today the details of Rathasapthami. But as I opened this forum, I got the details. Thanks once again.
     
  6. kanaka Raghavan

    kanaka Raghavan IL Hall of Fame

    Messages:
    4,465
    Likes Received:
    1,477
    Trophy Points:
    308
    Gender:
    Female
    thanks for the information.
     
  7. anurar20

    anurar20 IL Hall of Fame

    Messages:
    2,579
    Likes Received:
    1,137
    Trophy Points:
    308
    Gender:
    Female
    very informative.........thank you very much
     
  8. vjbunny

    vjbunny IL Hall of Fame

    Messages:
    4,874
    Likes Received:
    1,806
    Trophy Points:
    315
    Gender:
    Female
    Hi Tn Kesavan...
    Very educative information you have given...Thank you very much..
     
  9. sowmyaraman81

    sowmyaraman81 Gold IL'ite

    Messages:
    502
    Likes Received:
    129
    Trophy Points:
    108
    Gender:
    Female
    very informatic,thanks for sharing!
     
  10. Muthuraji

    Muthuraji IL Hall of Fame

    Messages:
    8,007
    Likes Received:
    2,058
    Trophy Points:
    338
    Gender:
    Female
    I somewhere found last year that there are particular number of times, Adithya Hridayam to be chanted on Rathasapthami day. Can anyone please provide me.
     

Share This Page