The annual Hindu festival, Ratha Saptami will be celebrated by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) on 1 February 2020, said TTD Additional Executive Officer A.V. Dharma Reddy, The Hindu reported.
"The festival will begin with the procession of 'Suryaprabha Vahanam' early in the morning and culminate with 'Chandraprabha Vahanam' at night. The processional deity of Lord Malayappa will be taken on seven different Vahanams, akin to mini Brahmotsavams," Said A.V. Dharma Reddy.
It is believed that Lord Surya Dev started enlightening the whole world on Ratha Saptami day which was considered as the birthday of God Surya. So the day is celebrated as and called as Surya Jayanti. On this occasion, the priests of TTD perform special Poojas in various Vahanas.
About 3,500 Srivari Seva volunteers, in addition to 300 scouts, will be working and police personnel have also been instructed to be equipped to meet any kind of eventuality, Mr Reddy said.
Ratha Saptami festival is a highly auspicious special day, and it is considered as auspicious as Surya Grahan for Dan-Punya (Donations) activities. Lakhs of Hindus not only from Andhra Pradesh but from the other Indian States specially attend the festival.
It is believed that seven types of sins done, knowingly, unknowingly, by words, by the body, by the mind, in current birth and in previous births are purged by worshipping Lord Surya on this Ratha Saptami day.
On this day, it is believed that taking a bath before sunrise during Arunodaya keeps one healthy and free from all types of ailments and diseases. Because of this belief, Ratha Saptami is also known as Arogya Saptami. Taking a bath in a water body like a river, the canal is preferred over taking a bath at home. After taking a bath, one should worship Lord Surya during sunrise by offering Arghyadan to him.