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Ratha Saptami: Auspicious day to worship Sun

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Ratha Saptami: Auspicious day to worship Sun

Contributed by: Pundit Srinivas Khedam

Ratha Sapthami – An auspicious day to worship the Sun god

Adi Deva Namasthubhyam Praseeda Mama Bhaskara
Divakara Namsthubhyam Prabhakara Namosthuthe:

Ratha Sapthami is a very auspicious day in the Hindu calendar. The Sun god travels in the north and south directions in a year. These are called Uttarayanam(the first half of the year) and Dakshinayanam(the second half of the year). The first half is considered most auspicious than the second half of the year. This is the day that Surya was born to sage Kashyapa and his wife Adithi.

Importance of Surya in Hinduism and Science

Surya is considered as an important god because he is the source of life. That’s why he is placed in the center of navagrahas (nine planets). Scientists found out that sun is the center of all nine planets and all of them orbit around the sun. Our sages found out this truth thousands of years ago and mentioned at several places in the Hindu scriptures. In fact, the characteristics of the sun and all the nine planets have been clearly described in the Vedas. One can identify these characteristics in the “navagraha manthra”, and are similar to what the NASA scientist described in their research findings. This is a great testimony to state that many aspects of Hindu faith are scientifically important.

The Position of Surya in Lord Vishnu’s Kingdom

Being the center of all planets Surya Deva is called as graharaja (the king of planets). He rides on a chariot that is pulled by seven white horses, which are the seven rainbow colors, and his movement is nothing but the “time” that gives meaning to our lives. Surya deva goes with several names such as Aditya, Ravi, Bhaskara, Arka, Diwakara, etc. According the Hindu scriptures Lord Vishnu (the proprietor of this Universe) created thousands of gods for different jobs for the smooth functioning of the universe. Theses gods who are responsible for different jobs are called as demi gods. Surya Dev’s job is to provide necessary sunlight to the universe so that the life may sustain on them.

Importance of Worshipping Suryanarayana in the Scriptures

Many people worship Surya because he is called as “Aarogya and Aishwarya Datha” (provider of health and wealth). Surya is worshipped early in the morning while fresh sunrays emerge. It is believed and proven that exposure to fresh sunrays rejuvenate energy, and purify the mind and body.  That’s why many Hindus do suryanamaskaras (12 postures of prostrating to Surya) early morning when sunrays are fresh. Scientifically also it is recommended that there are many benefits of getting exposed to early morning sun.

Vedas provided us with sthothras like Aditya Hridayam, Surya Ashtakam, Surya Shathakam, etc. and reciting them will bring lot of benefits to people in terms health, wealth and success. In Taittareeya Aaranyakam there is Aruna Prashna which is one of the powerful chantings associated with praying Surya. In fact, sage Agasthya advised Lord Rama to worship Surya to win the war against Ravana. Sage Agasthya gives Lord Rama Aditya Hridayam upadesha(teaches) before the war began and Surya’s energy helped Lord Rama to overcome the demonic power of Ravana. That’s why recitation of Aditya Hridayam daily or at least on Sunday gives people the benefits of health, wealth and success.

Brahmanas and all those who have Yajnopaveetham(sacred thread) must perform Sndhya Vandanam in the morning, afternoon and evening everyday. In addition to worshipping goddess Gayathri, an important component of Sandhyavandanam is to offer water to Surya(Arghya Pradanam) to give energy to him to sustain throughout the day and fight back demons and in the night to reappear again the next day.

What to Do on Ratha Sapthami?

It is highly recommended that one should pray to Surya Dev on Ratha Sapthami day by reciting or listening or chanting Aditya Hridayam, Surya Ashtakam, Surya Shathakam, Aruna Parayanam, Vedam, and performing Surya namaskarams early in the morning. Further, praying to Surya everyday or at least Sunday is highly recommended for good health, wealth and also to take away any obstacles in life. Also, it is highly recommended to avoid eating meat, drinking liquor, and physical involvement with woman on at least Sunday for ones’ welfare.

 

Suryashtakam Pattennithyam Graha Peeda Pranashanam
Aputhro Labhathe Puthram Daridro Dhanavaan Bhaveth

Rathasaptami Dates for 2011

  • Entire world Except Newzeland Feb 10th 2011
  • Newzeland: Feb 11th 2011

Aditya Hridayam

॥ आदित्यहृदयम्॥

ततो युद्धपरिश्रान्तं समरे चिन्तया स्थितम्।
रावणं चाग्रतो दृष्ट्वा युद्धाय समुपस्थितम्॥ १॥

दैवतैश्च समागम्य द्रष्टुमभ्यागतो रणम्।
उपागम्याब्रवीद्राममगस्त्यो भगवान् ऋषिः॥ २॥

राम राम महाबाहो शृणु गुह्यं सनातनम्।
येन सर्वानरीन् वत्स समरे विजयिष्यसि॥ ३॥

आदित्यहृदयं पुण्यं सर्वशत्रुविनाशनम्।
जयावहं जपेन्नित्यम् अक्षय्यं परमं शिवम्॥ ४॥

सर्वमङ्गलमाङ्गल्यं सर्वपापप्रणाशनम्।
चिन्ताशोकप्रशमनम् आयुर्वर्धनमुत्तमम्॥ ५॥

रश्मिमंतं समुद्यन्तं देवासुरनमस्कृतम्।
पूजयस्व विवस्वन्तं भास्करं भुवनेश्वरम्॥ ६॥

सर्वदेवात्मको ह्येष तेजस्वी रश्मिभावनः।
एष देवासुरगणाँल्लोकान् पाति गभस्तिभिः॥ ७॥

एष ब्रह्मा च विष्णुश्च शिवः स्कन्दः प्रजापतिः।
महेन्द्रो धनदः कालो यमः सोमो ह्यपां पतिः॥ ८॥

पितरो वसवः साध्या ह्यश्विनौ मरुतो मनुः।
वायुर्वह्निः प्रजाप्राण ऋतुकर्ता प्रभाकरः॥ ९॥

आदित्यः सविता सूर्यः खगः पूषा गभस्तिमान्।
सुवर्णसदृशो भानुर्हिरण्यरेता दिवाकरः॥ १०॥

हरिदश्वः सहस्रार्चिः सप्तसप्तिर्मरीचिमान्।
तिमिरोन्मथनः शम्भुस्त्वष्टा मार्ताण्ड अंशुमान्॥ ११॥

हिरण्यगर्भः शिशिरस्तपनो भास्करो रविः।
अग्निगर्भोऽदितेः पुत्रः शङ्खः शिशिरनाशनः॥ १२॥

व्योमनाथस्तमोभेदी ऋग्यजुःसामपारगः।
घनवृष्टिरपां मित्रो विन्ध्यवीथीप्लवङ्गमः॥ १३॥

आतपी मण्डली मृत्युः पिङ्गलः सर्वतापनः।
कविर्विश्वो महातेजाः रक्तः सर्वभवोद्भवः॥ १४॥

नक्षत्रग्रहताराणामधिपो विश्वभावनः।
तेजसामपि तेजस्वी द्वादशात्मन् नमोऽस्तु ते॥ १५॥

नमः पूर्वाय गिरये पश्चिमायाद्रये नमः।
ज्योतिर्गणानां पतये दिनाधिपतये नमः॥ १६॥

जयाय जयभद्राय हर्यश्वाय नमो नमः।
नमो नमः सहस्रांशो आदित्याय नमो नमः॥ १७॥

नम उग्राय वीराय सारङ्गाय नमो नमः।
नमः पद्मप्रबोधाय मार्ताण्डाय नमो नमः॥ १८॥

ब्रह्मेशानाच्युतेशाय सूर्यायादित्यवर्चसे।
भास्वते सर्वभक्षाय रौद्राय वपुषे नमः॥ १९॥

तमोघ्नाय हिमघ्नाय शत्रुघ्नायामितात्मने।
कृतघ्नघ्नाय देवाय ज्योतिषां पतये नमः॥ २०॥

तप्तचामीकराभाय वह्नये विश्वकर्मणे।
नमस्तमोऽभिनिघ्नाय रुचये लोकसाक्षिणे॥ २१॥

नाशयत्येष वै भूतं तदेव सृजति प्रभुः।
पायत्येष तपत्येष वर्षत्येष गभस्तिभिः॥ २२॥

एष सुप्तेषु जागर्ति भूतेषु परिनिष्ठितः।
एष एवाग्निहोत्रं च फलं चैवाग्निहोत्रिणाम्॥ २३॥

वेदाश्च क्रतवश्चैव क्रतूनां फलमेव च।
यानि कृत्यानि लोकेषु सर्व एष रविः प्रभुः॥ २४॥

॥ फलश्रुतिः॥

एनमापत्सु कृच्छ्रेषु कान्तातेषु भयेषु च।
कीर्तयन् पुरुषः कश्चिन्नावसीदति राघव॥ २५॥

पूजयस्वैनमेकाग्रो देवदेवं जगत्पतिम्।
एतत् त्रिगुणितं जप्त्वा युद्धेषु विजयिष्यसि॥ २६॥

अस्मिन् क्षणे महाबाहो रावणं त्वं वधिष्यसि।
एवमुक्त्वा तदागस्त्यो जगाम च यथागतम्॥ २७॥

एतच्छ्रुत्वा महातेजा नष्टशोकोऽभवत्तदा।
धारयामास सुप्रीतो राघवः प्रयतात्मवान्॥ २८॥

आदित्यं प्रेक्ष्य जप्त्वा तु परं हर्षमवाप्तवान्।
त्रिराचम्य शुचिर्भूत्वा धनुरादाय वीर्यवान्॥ २९॥

रावणं प्रेक्ष्य हृष्टात्मा युद्धाय समुपागमत्।
सर्वयत्नेन महता वधे तस्य धृतोऽभवत्॥ ३०॥

अथ रविरवदन्निरीक्ष्य रामं
मुदितमनाः परमं प्रहृष्यमाणः।
निशिचरपतिसंक्षयं विदित्वा
सुरगणमध्यगतो वचस्त्वरेति॥ ३१॥

॥ इति आदित्यहृदयम् मन्त्रस्य॥

.. ādityahṛdayam ..

tato yuddhapariśrāntaṃ samare cintayā sthitam
rāvaṇaṃ cāgrato dṛṣṭvā yuddhāya samupasthitam .. 1 ..

daivataiśca samāgamya draṣṭumabhyāgato raṇam
upāgamyābravīdrāmamagastyo bhagavān ṛṣiḥ .. 2 ..

rāma rāma mahābāho śṛṇu guhyaṃ sanātanam
yena sarvānarīn vatsa samare vijayiṣyasi .. 3 ..

ādityahṛdayaṃ puṇyaṃ sarvaśatruvināśanam
jayāvahaṃ japennityam akṣayyaṃ paramaṃ śivam .. 4 ..

sarvamaṅgalamāṅgalyaṃ sarvapāpapraṇāśanam
cintāśokapraśamanam āyurvardhanamuttamam .. 5 ..

raśmimaṃtaṃ samudyantaṃ devāsuranamaskṛtam
pūjayasva vivasvantaṃ bhāskaraṃ bhuvaneśvaram .. 6 ..

sarvadevātmako hyeṣa tejasvī raśmibhāvanaḥ
eṣa devāsuragaṇām̐llokān pāti gabhastibhiḥ .. 7 ..

eṣa brahmā ca viṣṇuśca śivaḥ skandaḥ prajāpatiḥ
mahendro dhanadaḥ kālo yamaḥ somo hyapāṃ patiḥ .. 8 ..

pitaro vasavaḥ sādhyā hyaśvinau maruto manuḥ
vāyurvahniḥ prajāprāṇa ṛtukartā prabhākaraḥ .. 9 ..

ādityaḥ savitā sūryaḥ khagaḥ pūṣā gabhastimān
suvarṇasadṛśo bhānurhiraṇyaretā divākaraḥ .. 10 ..

haridaśvaḥ sahasrārciḥ saptasaptirmarīcimān
timironmathanaḥ śambhustvaṣṭā mārtāṇḍa aṃśumān .. 11 ..

hiraṇyagarbhaḥ śiśirastapano bhāskaro raviḥ
agnigarbho'diteḥ putraḥ śaṅkhaḥ śiśiranāśanaḥ .. 12 ..

vyomanāthastamobhedī ṛgyajuḥsāmapāragaḥ
ghanavṛṣṭirapāṃ mitro vindhyavīthīplavaṅgamaḥ .. 13 ..

ātapī maṇḍalī mṛtyuḥ piṅgalaḥ sarvatāpanaḥ
kavirviśvo mahātejāḥ raktaḥ sarvabhavodbhavaḥ .. 14 ..

nakṣatragrahatārāṇāmadhipo viśvabhāvanaḥ
tejasāmapi tejasvī dvādaśātman namo'stu te .. 15 ..

namaḥ pūrvāya giraye paścimāyādraye namaḥ
jyotirgaṇānāṃ pataye dinādhipataye namaḥ .. 16 ..

jayāya jayabhadrāya haryaśvāya namo namaḥ
namo namaḥ sahasrāṃśo ādityāya namo namaḥ .. 17 ..

nama ugrāya vīrāya sāraṅgāya namo namaḥ
namaḥ padmaprabodhāya mārtāṇḍāya namo namaḥ .. 18 ..

brahmeśānācyuteśāya sūryāyādityavarcase
bhāsvate sarvabhakṣāya raudrāya vapuṣe namaḥ .. 19 ..

tamoghnāya himaghnāya śatrughnāyāmitātmane
kṛtaghnaghnāya devāya jyotiṣāṃ pataye namaḥ .. 20 ..

taptacāmīkarābhāya vahnaye viśvakarmaṇe
namastamo'bhinighnāya rucaye lokasākṣiṇe .. 21 ..

nāśayatyeṣa vai bhūtaṃ tadeva sṛjati prabhuḥ
pāyatyeṣa tapatyeṣa varṣatyeṣa gabhastibhiḥ .. 22 ..

eṣa supteṣu jāgarti bhūteṣu pariniṣṭhitaḥ
eṣa evāgnihotraṃ ca phalaṃ caivāgnihotriṇām .. 23 ..

vedāśca kratavaścaiva kratūnāṃ phalameva ca
yāni kṛtyāni lokeṣu sarva eṣa raviḥ prabhuḥ .. 24 ..

enamāpatsu kṛcchreṣu kāntāteṣu bhayeṣu ca
kīrtayan puruṣaḥ kaścinnāvasīdati rāghava .. 25 ..

pūjayasvainamekāgro devadevaṃ jagatpatim
etat triguṇitaṃ japtvā yuddheṣu vijayiṣyasi .. 26 ..

asmin kṣaṇe mahābāho rāvaṇaṃ tvaṃ vadhiṣyasi
evamuktvā tadāgastyo jagāma ca yathāgatam .. 27 ..

etacchrutvā mahātejā naṣṭaśoko'bhavattadā
dhārayāmāsa suprīto rāghavaḥ prayatātmavān .. 28 ..

ādityaṃ prekṣya japtvā tu paraṃ harṣamavāptavān
trirācamya śucirbhūtvā dhanurādāya vīryavān .. 29 ..

rāvaṇaṃ prekṣya hṛṣṭātmā yuddhāya samupāgamat
sarvayatnena mahatā vadhe tasya dhṛto'bhavat .. 30 ..

atha raviravadannirīkṣya rāmaṃ
muditamanāḥ paramaṃ prahṛṣyamāṇaḥ
niśicarapatisaṃkṣayaṃ viditvā
suragaṇamadhyagato vacastvareti .. 31 ..

.. iti ādityahṛdayam mantrasya ..


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yaj jagrato duram udaiti daivam tad u suptasya tatHaivaiti|
duramgamam jyotisam jyotir ekam tan me manaH shivasankalpam astu||
||shri shukla yajurveda vajasaneyi samhita (madhyandina sakha) 34.1||

The divine essence that goes far away, from the waking, and likewise from the sleeping, and that one far-traveling Light of lights, on that-the auspicious will of the divine-may my mind dwell.


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kriShNa! kriShNa!! kriShNa!!!

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