When is Ratha Saptami This Year? Ratha Saptami 2024

When is Ratha Saptami in 2024?

Ratha Saptami 2024 is on February 16 Friday.

Ratha Saptami, also known as Surya Jayanti or Magha Saptami, is a Hindu festival dedicated to the Sun God, Surya. It falls on the seventh day (Saptami) of the bright half (Shukla Paksha) of the Hindu month of Magha, typically in January or February. “Ratha” refers to the chariot, and “Saptami” denotes the seventh day.

The importance of Ratha Saptami lies in the belief that it marks the birth of Surya, the Sun God, and is considered highly auspicious. According to Hindu mythology, on this day, Lord Surya is said to ride his chariot drawn by seven horses, representing the seven colors of the rainbow and the seven days of the week.

Devotees believe observing Ratha Saptami with devotion and performing rituals can bring blessings and remove obstacles. It is also believed to be a day when the Sun’s rays have healing properties, and people take ritual baths in rivers or other water bodies during sunrise.

Ratha Saptami is indeed considered a good day, and many people perform various rituals, prayers, and acts of charity to seek the blessings of Lord Surya.

As for what to eat on Ratha Saptami, there are no specific dietary restrictions associated with the festival. However, some people choose to observe a fast or consume a simple and sattvic (pure) diet on this day. Fruits, milk, nuts, and vegetarian dishes are commonly preferred. It is always a good idea to follow any cultural or personal dietary practices that align with your beliefs.

Ratha Saptami festival dates between 2021 & 2031

2021Friday, 19th of February
2022Monday, 7th of February
2023Saturday, 28th of January
2024Friday, 16th of February
2025Tuesday, 4th of February
2026Sunday, 25th of January
2027Saturday, 13th of February
2028Thursday, 3rd of February
2029Monday, 22nd of January
2030Saturday, 9th of February
2031Wednesday, 29th of January

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