Ratha Saptami is one of the biggest festivals observed during Magh month. It is celebrated on Magh Shukla Saptami. In 2018, Ratha Saptami date is January 24.
Ratha Saptami festival is dedicated to Surya bhagwan and the Lord is worshipped for better health and wellbeing. It falls on the second day after Vasant Panchami or Sri Panchami or Madana Panchami.
During Ratha Saptami, women draw rangoli or kolam or muggu in front of their houses to welcome the healthy and pleasant rays of Sun God. The Rangolis are drawn in a chariot shape signifying seven horses of Surya bhagwan. Punya Snan (holy dips) are performed during Ratha Saptami.
Here is the Ratha Saptami vrat katha or story.
The timetable of Ardha Brahmotsavam (Ratha saptami celebrations) in Tirumala Tirupati temple is given here for 2018.
You can also read Ratha Saptami stotram prayer.
Ratha Saptami 2018 date in other countries
In USA & Canda – January 24, 2018
In UK & Europe – January 24, 2018
In UAE & Middle East – January 24, 2018
In Singapore – January 24, 2018
In Malaysia – January 24, 2018
In Australia – January 24, 2018
In New Zealand – January 24, 2018
In Fiji Islands – January 24, 2018