Narmada Jayanti is an important Indian holy event. The Narmada refers to the river Narmada in Madhya Pradesh, in the central State of India. The holy event Ratha Saptami also refers as Surya Jayanti and Magha Saptami. These are also observed on the same day as Narmada Jayanti. Ratha means chariot. Surya means the Sun.
Narmada Jayanti, Ratha Saptami, and Surya Jayanti are observed in the Hindu calendar month of Magha, on the Saptami day of the Shukla Paksha. The Sanskrit word Sapta means seven. The Hindu calendar month Magha corresponds to the Gregorian February month period. Saptami means the 7th day, Tithi, of the moon’s fortnight in the lunar month. Shukla Paksha is the rising-waxing phase of the moon. In 2019, Narmada Jayanti, Ratha Saptami, and Surya Jayanti are falling on the 12th of February.
In the word Narmada, the Sanskrit word ‘Narman’ means pleasure or happiness. The word part ‘da’ means to give. The sacred historic Narmada River originates at plateau area Mount Amartantak, Annupur District, in Madhya Pradesh. It is about a 1,300 kms long river. The direction of river water flow is westward, from east to west. The Narmada River ends in the Arabian Sea, in the Gulf of Khambhat, in Gujarat.
There is a holy significance to the Narmada River. It provides a lifeline, water source for agriculture and other needs etc. A dip in the Narmada River on specific holy days is considered auspicious and it washes away sins. The Narmada River is said to bring peace to natives. In a legend, Narmada River is said to be created by Lord Shiva.
In Ratha Saptami, the Ratha, the chariot is referred to that of Lord Surya, the Sun’s 12 wheeled chariot, moved by 7 horses. These 12 wheels represent the Astrology’s 12 zodiac signs.
A Mantra for Lord Surya Dev, the Sun God is -
Om Suryaye Namah
ॐ सूयार्य नमः
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(Updated Date & Time :- 2019-02-06 16:56:22 )
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