What is Bhanu Saptami?
Bhanu Saptami is celebrated in the months of Margashirsha, Kartika, Jyeshtha, Phalguna, and Magha during the Shukla Paksha. The sacred day is dedicated to the Sun God (Lord Surya). It is observed on every Saptami (7th day of waxing lunar moon) which falls on a Sunday. The day is also popular as the Vyavasvathma Saptami or Surya Saptami.
The greatest significance of Bhanu Saptami is that on this day people who worship Lord Surya are bestowed with wealth, longevity and good health. As per the Hindu Mythology, it is believed that observing a fast on Bhanu Saptami blesses one with sound health and keep all kinds of illnesses and diseases away.
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Why do we celebrate Bhanu Saptami?
Bhanu Saptami holds immense significance in Hindu religion. It is believed that on the eve of Bhanu Saptami, Surya Devta made his very first appearance on the chariot of seven horses. Among various other Saptami tithis, Bhanu Saptami holds great auspiciousness and is widely celebrated in the regions of Western India and Southern India.
On the auspicious day of Bhanu Saptami, the observers or the devotees worship Lord Sun by performing Maha-Abhishek along with chanting several sacred Surya Stotras and Aditya Hridayam Stotras to please Sun God. The devotees also make donations of fruits, clothes, etc to the poor. This Saptami is also widely known as Surya Saptami.
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Bhanu Saptami signifies the day when the Lord Surya or the Surya Devta ascended on the Earth on his chariot. The arrival of Lord Surya brought life on the Earth. Lord Surya is seated in a golden chariot on a sacred lotus. The seven horses draw the chariot and these horses denote the seven rays of the Sun. Aruna is the charioteer of Lord Sun, the one who stands in front to save and shield the Earth from the scorching heat of the Sun. God Sun is the creator of all beings and also the Lord of vitality and health. The individuals who worship Lord Sun and observe a fast of Bhanu Saptami are blessed with sound health and good fortune.
There are several rituals and celebrations that are associated with Bhanu Saptami festival.
Bhanu Saptami fast commences early in the morning and is observed for the entire day. The fast is concluded after sunset. The observers abstain themselves from drinking water and consuming food. The devotees can have water, milk, and fruits in the milder form of fasting.
The observers who worship Lord Sun and keep a fast on the day of Bhanu Saptami are blessed with several things such as:
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