Ratha Saptami 2010 Surya Mantra

Ratha Saptami (Rathasapthami, Surya Jayanti, Magh Saptami)  falls on 22nd January 2010  the seventh day (Saptmi) in the bright half (Shukla Paksha) of the Vedic   month Magh (Maagha). It comes  after  Sun has  become Uttarayna (entered sidereal capricorn)  in his chariot (Rath) with seven (Sapta) horses.  This is the main Vedic festival for Sun or Surya also known by the twelve names Mitra, Ravi, Surya, Ahanu, Khag, Pushan, Hirnyagarbha, Marichi, Aditya, Savita, Arka, and Bhaskar.  It is the birth day of Lord Sun according to Vedic Traditions. To find the astrology of Ratha Saptami day and how the day will be as per your own personal birth chart or horoscope, please visit http://decisioncare.org/astrology/. You can find the auspicious moments of the day and your vedic horoscope all for free at http://decisioncare.org/astrology/ Read more about Sun astrology at Sun Astrology

There are two major festival locations at Lord Sri Suryanarayana  temples  in India. One is at Arasavalli near  Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh and another one at Konark, Orissa.

The 12 mantras for surya namaskara:

  1. ॐ मित्राय नमः aum mitrāya namah
  2. ॐ रवये नमः aum ravayé namah
  3. ॐ सूर्याय नमः aum sūryāya namah
  4. ॐ भानवे नमः aum bhānavé namah
  5. ॐ खगय नमः aum khagāya namah
  6. ॐ पुष्णे नमः aum pushné namah
  7. ॐ हिरण्यगर्भाय नमः aum hiranyagarbhāya namah
  8. ॐ मारिचाये नमः aum mārichāyé namah
  9. ॐ आदित्याय नमः aum ādityāya namah
  10. ॐ सावित्रे नमः aum sāvitré namah
  11. ॐ अर्काय नमः aum ārkāya namah
  12. ॐ भास्कराय नमः aum bhāskarāya namah

The mantra frequently recited to praise the Surya comes from the Rig Veda, Book 1 Hymn 35:

आ कृष्णेन् रजसा वर्तमानो निवेशयन्न अमृतं मर्त्यं च ।
हिरण्ययेन सविता रथेना देवो याति भुवनानि पश्यन ॥
Throughout the dusky firmament advancing, laying to rest the immortal and the mortal,
Borne in his golden chariot he cometh, Savitar, God who looks on every creature.

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