Ratha saptami

February 25, 2008 RENU

  1. Comes on the 7th day of the bright half of the Magh month.
  2. Sun is worshipped on this day. The sun is imagined to be a chariot drawn by seven horses, which represent the seven colours of the rainbow. The charioteer, Arun, has his feet deformed. Arun means the dawn.
  3. For the munj (thread) ceremony the boy is made to stand facing the sun, and the priest makes the following prayer, Oh Sun, this is your student. Protect him, and give him a long life. After the munj ceremony every day in the evening the Gayatri mantra must be recited.
  4. In the country of Kamboj there was a king named Yashovarma. He was a religious minded ruler, arid happiness prevailed in his kingdom. But the king had become old and had no children. He prayed to God to give him a son. Finally God heard his prayer and the king got a son. But the son was very sickly. All remedies were tried but the boy would not be cured.

    One day a Muni named Vinit came to the palace. He was a very learned Muni and knew the three times (‘tricalgnani’), which means that he knew the past, the present, and the future. So the king asked the Muni when his son would get alright. Muni Vinit remained with his eyes closed for a while. Then he said to the king, ‘Your son is sick because in his previous life he was very rich, but never gave any alms and used his wealth for himself only.’

    King Yashovarma asked, ‘If he was a sinner, how is it that he was born the son of a king?’

    Muni Vinit replied, Yes, he was a sinner in his previous life. But once with his eyes he saw the ‘puja’ (worship) of Rath Saptami. With this he acquired the merit needed to be born of a royal family.

    So, will not his sickness disappear by a similar act of merit? King Yashovarma eagerly asked.

    Yes, make him observe the vow of Rath Saptami and his sickness will completely disappear.

    Then Mimi Vinit gave the king information about Rath Saptami and by the merit of this vow the King’s son was liberated from his disease.

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