Sharkara Saptami is an auspicious Vrata observed in Ashwin Month (Ashwayuja Masam). In 2018, Sharkara Saptami date is October 16.
Sharkara Saptami falls on the seventh day (Saptami) of bright half (Shukla Paksha) of Ashvin Month in Hindu calendar.
Sun God is offered special puja on this day. Devotees (performers) perform ritual bath in the early morning and should wear white clothes. Surya Bhagavan is offered Ksheera Abhishekam (Abhishekam with milk).
Donating sugar or any other sweet recipes or food items to the Brahmins is the main deed of Sharkara Saptami day.
It is to note that Sharkara Saptami falls during Ashwin Navratri (on Durga Saptami) day.