Rathasapthami festival details images



Rathasapthami pooja rangoli 2018

We draw a ratham rangoli for this festival.  First take a plank or manai that we use in our house for Puja.  Clean it well.  Draw a traditional ratham rangoli using lines.  Invariably we draw one line for the ratham ,  this actually denotes the chariot of the Sun God.  We draw one wheel to show that the Sun moves slowly !.

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Draw the pennant or flag like design with the Sun design inside.  Draw plantain trees on either side of the chariot.

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Decorate with kaavi as we do for all festivals.  Traditionally we use coconut fibre to draw the kaavi or geru , nowadays cotton bud is used.  
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Rathasapthami Pooja Vidhanam | Ratha saptami puja vidhanam 2018


Draw squares as shown at the top right.  In the squares place, rice, pulses , jaggery, tamarind .  We also place jujube fruits.  The idea is that we offer freshly harvested rice and pulses to the Sun God . We believe that it is because of Him we are blessed with food.   Scientifically it is true also.

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Place two turmeric seeds also.

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Offerings include betel leaves ( two or four ) areca nuts, fruits, sugar cane and coconut and of course jujubes.
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Pictures of Sun God are available in the market.  We can purchase one picture and fix it in a frame.
The photo is cleaned ,  sandalwood paste, turmeric powder , kumkum are applied.  Floral decoration is done.  We can also decorate with cotton garland or vastra.  Songs for Pooja can be from Telugu, Kannada or any language.

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Traditionally a pair of lamps or lit i.e minimum two lamps are lit as shown , if they are small.
Also keep them in plates so that oil does not spill on the Pooja slab or plank in this case.
Naivedyam is sweet Pongal.

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Some follow the tradition of giving "van" or gifts to a Sumangali or Suhasini for Sankranthi.  If they miss for Sankranti they can give it for Rathasapthami.  This video shows what can be offered for this gift.