Bhanu Saptami (Ratha Saptami)~भानु सप्तमी (रथ सप्तमी) in year 2018 will be celebrated on Sunday, 2nd September 2018 and Sunday, 16th September 2018
Bhanu Saptami is also known as verious names like Rath Saptami, Bhanu Saptami, Surya Saptami, Vivaswat Saptami or Ravivaari Saptami.
Significance of Bhanu Saptami : Bhanu Saptami or Ratha Saptami is an auspicious day dedicated to Surya Narayan. The Sun God, is an important deity in Hinduism and is worshipped daily and According to Hindu Vikrami Samvat Calander the Saptami(seventh day) of any month and of any moon phase falling on a Sunday known as Bhanu Saptami or Ratha Saptami. But the Saptami falling on Shukla Paksha and sunday increases the importance of Worship.
Bhanu is one of the numerous names of Surya Narayan. It must be noted that Bhanu Saptami is traditionally believed to be the birthday of Surya Narayan. (or the first time Sun God made his appearance). Special prayers and rituals are held on the day in temples. The day is also known as Vivaswat Saptami also because Vivaswat Saptami is the birthday of Vaivaswata Manu.
Story of Shurya Vanshis : Vaivaswats descendants are called as Suryavanshis, because they are originated from the Sun God. Hence, Vivaswat Saptami is also observed as Bhanu Saptami. Vaivaswata Manu was the descendant of Vaivasvan, who ruled Ayodhya. Vaivasvans descendants made their rule on Bharat. Descendants of Vaivasvans sons were called Suryavanshis. Shri Ram being Suryavanshi. Vaivaswatha Manus daughter, Ella, was married Buddha, the son of Chandra. Her descendants were called Chandravanshis.
Sri Krishna being Chandravanshi. Bhanu saptami, Surya Saptami, Ravivaari Saptami fast gives special Benifits. By the worship of Suryadev devotee got good health and prosperity.