Ratha Saptami 2024 in Tirumala Vahanam Timings, and Darshan

Ratha Saptami 2024 in Tirumala Vahanam Timings, and Darshan

The Sun God has a special position and power in our ancient Hindu tradition. The Vedas, Puranic texts, Itihasas, and classical literature provide a wealth of information about Lord Surya’s glory. For us, Lord Surya is ‘Prathyaksha Daivam,’ the Almighty made manifest. All of our misfortunes will be eliminated by reciting the Gayatri “mantra” (Upasana) along with the three-fold expression of time linked to Lord Surya. Having recognized that vast knowledge about solar power has been hidden inside the Surya’mantrams’ found in the Vedas, even scientists from the West are now pursuing further research in this area. The Parabrahman, Lord Surya, is always there in front of our eyes. He is the universe’s ultimate Atman. The Suryopanishad (1-4) states that He generates and supports all living things. Those who recite the Aruna “mantra,” which praises Lord Surya’s might, will experience prosperity, triumph, and health recovery.
Lord Surya’s daybreak stimulates the universe to go about its daily business. For this reason, he is referred to as the Eye of the World (Jagatcchakshuvu). He is the firsthand observer of all we do, “Karma Sakshi.” The Puranas explain that all of our actions—mental, verbal, and physical—should be auspicious because they should result in kindness and beneficial outcomes. It is advisable to constantly pray to Lord Surya to obtain permission to engage in auspicious activities. Both the Vedas and the Shastras make it clear that Lord Surya is a representation of all the gods.
The origin of the Wheel of Time is Lord Surya. By the grace of Lord Surya, all six seasons have formed. The Paramatma, Lord Surya, is the source of all things. So, the Indians worship daily with the Surya Gayatri Mantra, i.e.,

‘Om Adityaya vidmahe sahasra kiranaaya
dheemahi tannah Suryah prachodayat.’

‘The following Sthotras are from the “Adhitya Hrudayam.” ‘

Esha Brahma cha Vishnushcha Shivah skandah prajapatihi |

Mahendro dhanadhah kalo Yamah Somohyapam pathihi ||

Ena-mapatsu krichcheshu kantaareshu bhayeshucha

Kirthyan purushah kashchit naavasidati Raghavall’

The sage Agastya preached the sthotram Aditya Hrudayam to Lord Rama in the Yuddha Kanda of the Valmiki Ramayana. He explains the cosmic significance of the Lord by stating that worshiping Lord Surya in various forms is what it means to worship Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lord Subrahmanya, Lord Indra, Lord Kubera, Lord Yama, and Lord Varuna. Lord Surya’s prayers will free the seeker from all the conflicts of fear, including dangers, sins, problems in the forest, and the disappearance of fear.

Things to follow on Rathasapthami Day

The earth receives an abundance of the sun’s bright rays on this blessed day. There will be a change in the sun’s trajectory starting that day. Indians believe that Rathasapthami is the celebration of Lord Surya’s birth or Lord Surya’s Avatar Utsav. ‘Rice payasam’ will be cooked on this day and offered in bean leaf form to the Sun God. Plants like beans and “Jilledu” are blessed with an abundance of solar energy. The ‘prasadam’ offered to Lord Surya in such leaves is thought to be lucky and health-promoting.
The sages advised taking a cold bath in the early hours of Rathasapthami Day, as it is believed to have numerous scientific advantages. Before having a cold water bath, the name of Lord Surya should be chanted while wearing seven ‘Arka’ leaves, three plum fruits, three plum leaves, and some rice on the head.

Ratha Saptami 2024 in Tirumala

Vahanam

Timings

Surya Prabha Vahanam

5.30 am to 8 a.m

Chinna Sesha Vahanam

9 am to 10 am

Garuda Vahanam

11 am to 12 pm

Hanumantha Vahanam

1 pm to 2 pm

Chakra Snanam

2 pm to 3 pm

Kalpavruksha Vahanam

4 pm to 5 pm

Sarvabhupala Vahanam

6 pm to 7 pm

Chandra Prabha Vahanam

8 pm to 9 pm

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