Ratha Saptami 2016 date – Rathasaptami Puja It is a prayer ritual performed to make offerings, honoring, evoking or worshipping gods. The ceremony can also be performed to pay homage to the beloved ones who are deadand Festival in 2016
Ratha Saptami Muhurta
Snan Muhurta on Ratha Saptami = 05:20 to 07:04
Duration = 1 Hour 43 Mins
Sunrise time for Arghyadan = 07:00
Saptami Tithi Begins = 04:16 on 14/February/2016
Saptami Tithi Ends = 02:11 on 15/February/2016
Ratha Saptami is dedicated to Lord Surya, the Hindu God. As per the custom in Hinduism, Lord Sun is believed to ride a chariot managed by seven horses – this form is celebrated during Rathasaptami puja and festival. Ratha Saptami 2016 date is February 14. The festival is of the great importance of the Tirumala Tirupati Balaji Temple. It is said that the earth's declination towards the sun is steepest on the Ratha Saptami day.
Ratha Saptami is celebrated on the seventh day of Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of the moon, in the Magh Month of January-February in a custom Hindu lunar calendar. This day is of great importance in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. In Orissa, the day is observed as Magha Saptami. In another part of regions, the day is celebrated as Surya Jayanti.
A colourful kolam or rangoli of Lord Surya riding a chariot is made on the ground and worshipped in many places. Some people boil milk in earthen vessels on the day.
Another important tradition on this day is taking a bath using Erukku leaves. This is followed mainly in Tamil Nadu. The customs observed on the day vary from region to region.