3 Other Names of Ratha Sapthami and It’s Significance
Significance & Importance of Ratha Sapthami
Ratha Sapthami is a Hindu Festival. Lord Surya Bhagavan born in Vishakaha Nakshatra of Ratha Sapthami Day to sage Kashyapa and his wife Adithi.
Ratha Sapthami is also called as Magha Sapthami, Surya Jayanthi, Maha Sapthami. Ratha Sapthami falls on the next day after Vasanth Panchami. The tithi Sapthami is dedicated to God Surya.
Lord Surya Bhagavan placed in the centre of nine planets (Navagrahas), because Surya is considered as an important god because he is the source of life.
God Surya is worshipped early in the morning when fresh sunrays emerge. Exposure to fresh sunrays rejuvenates energy and purifies the mind & body, it believed from the ages and proven scientifically.
The Reason to Drive Bullock Carts or Ox Carts Around the Temples on Ratha Sapthami
According to Bhavishya purana, it is believed that God Surya posses seven rays and Ratha ( Chariot)drawn by seven horses named Jaya, Ajaya, Vijaya, Jitha Prana, Jitha Krama, Manojapa, Jitha Krodha.
On the day of Ratha Sapthami formers drive well decorated Bullock Carts around the temples in their villages by offering prayers to their village god and lord surya Bhagavan.
Rangoli or Kolam or Muggu on Ratha sapthami
People draw Chariot (Ratham) designed Kolam in front of their houses to welcome god surya for better health & wealth.
Ratha Sapthami celebrations in Tirumala Tirupathi
Ratha Sapthami is very auspicious day for Hindus. On this day in Tirumala Lord Venkateswara Swamy will be taken on a procession on 7 types of vahanas on the streets of temple (Madaveedulu).
- 6 AM in the morning on Suryaprabha Vahana
- 9 AM on Chinna Shesha Vahana
- 11 AM on Garuda Vahana
- 1 PM on Hanumantha Vahana
- 4 PM on Kalpa Vruksha Vahana
- 6 PM on Surya Prabha Vahana
- 8 PM on Chandra Prabha Vahana