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Bhanu Saptami - Importance of Bhanu Saptami Dedicated to Sun God Surya in Hinduism

Bhanu Saptami, also known as Surya Saptami, is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Surya. Lord Surya, or the Sun God, is an important deity in Hinduism and is worshipped daily and on Shukla Paksha Saptami (the seventh day during waxing phase of moon in a traditional lunar calendar). Bhanu is one of the numerous names of Lord Surya.

Bhanu Saptami 2018 dates are April 22, September 2 and September 16.



Lord Surya, or the Sun God, is Pratyaksha Brahman or the visible god and is worshipped daily and on Shukla Paksha Saptami (the seventh day during waxing phase of moon in a traditional lunar calendar). Bhanu is one among the numerous names of Lord Surya – hence the name Bhanusaptami.

Bhanu Saptami is observed in Magh Month (January – February), Falguna month (February - March), Jyeshta Month (June – July), Kartik month (November - December) and also in Margashirsh Month (December - January) by different Hindu communities.

The main Bhanu Saptami is held in Magh month and is known as Magh Saptami or Ratha Saptami. Bhanu Saptami in Jyeshta month is only held in some regions.

It must be noted that Bhanu Saptami is traditionally believed to be the birthday of Lord Surya (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.

It is also observed when Saptami Tithi falls on Sunday or Ravivar as per traditional Hindu calendar.