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Ratha Saptami 2024: From date, history, significance to festivities, all you need to know

Ratha Saptami 2024, also referred to as Magha Saptami, is a significant Hindu festival that honors Lord Surya. The festivities for this auspicious occasion will take place on Friday, February 16th.



Ratha Saptami 2024: From date, history, significance to festivities, all you need to know

Ratha Saptami 2024: From date, history, significance to festivities, all you need to know

Today, on February 16, we are celebrating Ratha Saptami, also known as Magha Saptami. This auspicious Hindu festival commemorates the birth anniversary of Lord Surya. The term “Ratha Saptami” signifies the chariot and the seventh day. It falls on the seventh day, known as Saptami, during the Shukla Paksha of the Magha month.

The auspicious occasion of Ratha Saptami in the year 2024 will be celebrated on February 16. Here are the important timings for the day:

  • The Saptami Tithi begins at 10:12 am on February 15, 2024.
  • The recommended auspicious time to take a bath on Ratha Saptami is from 5:17 am to 6:59 am.
  • Civil Dawn on Ratha Saptami is at 6:35 am.
  • The observational sunrise time on Ratha Saptami is at 6:59 am.
  • The Saptami Tithi ends at 8:54 am on February 16, 2024.


The significance of the Ratha Saptami festival lies in the belief that the Sun God Surya commences his voyage towards the northern hemisphere on a chariot pulled by seven horses. This popular folklore is the basis for the celebration of Surya Jayanti, which is considered to be the day of Lord Surya’s birth.

Ratha Saptami not only marks the onset of the spring season but also signifies the beginning of the harvest season. Farmers from all over the country visit sun temples to seek the blessings of Lord Surya.


The worship of the Sun dates back to ancient times and is also mentioned in ancient scriptures such as the Vedas. According to folklore and various legends, it is believed that sage Kashyapa and his wife Aditi were blessed with the incarnation of Lord Surya, who was one of the Adityas. Another legend states that a king named Yashovarma prayed to the Lord for a son, as he had no heir to his kingdom. Eventually, his prayers were answered and a son was born to him, but unfortunately, the child was terminally ill. Upon the advice of a saint, the king performed the Ratha Saptami pooja (worship) to atone for his past sins. Miraculously, the king’s son recovered after performing the rituals and went on to rule the kingdom.


During this celebration, individuals pay homage to the Sun God, who is believed to bring good fortune and purify them of their sins. Devotees rise early in the morning, offer arghya to the ascending sun, and observe a day-long fast. Farmers pray for a plentiful harvest and favorable weather conditions throughout the year. This day holds great significance as it allows people to express their gratitude towards the Sun, which illuminates the entire world with its warmth and brightness, making life possible on earth. Ratha Saptami presents an ideal opportunity to donate clothing and food to the less fortunate, while also praying for longevity, prosperity, and good health.

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