Observe the Ritual of Ratha Sapthami on 12/2/2019(tomorrow )
Ratha Sapthami also called as Surya Sapthami or Surya Jayanthi is a festival celebrated on the Shukla Panchami in the month of Makara /Kumbha Masa(Magha masa for those who follow Chandra Mana) .This year the festival is being observed tomorrow (12-2-2019) . It is observed with several rituals in the states of Andhra Pradesh /Karnataka /Maharashtra(For details see http://www.hindu-blog.com/2009/01/how-to-do-ratha-saptami-puja.html ) .
In tamil Nadu the day starts with ritual bath by Keeping seven leaves of Vellai Erukku (Giant milk weed –Kannada Ekku, Telugu Jilledu , Sanskrit –Arka ) on the head .(some people keep one on head, two on shoulders, two on knees and two on feet) A head bath is taken ,.Some people keep uncooked rice also on the Erukku leaves. Women in addition sprinkle turmeric powder on the rice . You are not supposed to apply oil on the head for that day. During the ritual bath the following Manthra or sloka is chanted:-
I.Manthra (translation by P.R.Ramachander)
“Saptha Saptha Maha Saptha, Saptha Dweepa Vasundara, Sapth Arka Parna Madaya, Sapthamyam Snana Machareth”.
“seventh , seventh , great seventh , the earth has seven islands ON this seventh day I am observing bath keeping seven Arka(erukku) leaves on the head.”
2. Stotra/Sloka(Translation by P.R.Ramachander)
Hara sapthami sathvaram (1)
Oh Goddess who likes the seventh of sevenths ,
Who is the lustrous lamp among the seven worlds,
During this seventh linar day please remove,
The sins that I have earned in the seven births.(1)
thathsarvam Soka mohou cha
maakare hanthu sapthami (2)
All of those sins committed by me ,
In the earlier seven births ,
As well as my sorrows and passions,
May please be destroyed By Sapthami of Makara Month(2)
Namaami sapthameem devim
sapthaarkka - pathra - snaanena
Mama papam vyabohathu! (3)
I salute the Goddess Sapthami ,
Who is capable of destroying all sins ,
And by the bathing with seven Erukku leaves,
Let all my sins be completely removed.(3)
After this any time during the day read or hear Adithya Hrudaya , which is taught by sage Agasthya to Lord Rama in Ramayana , so that he has the ability to kill Ravana
The Sloka in English with my translation is available in http://stotrarathna.blogspot.in/2009/07/adithya-hrudayam.html .
You can hear it by clicking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsGJlyFcdQM .
You can also chose to read it in Sanskrit alphabets in http://www.hindudevotionalblog.com/2012/03/aditya-hridayam-lyrics-in-sanskrit.html .
You can read it in Kannada by clicking http://poojavidhana.blogspot.in/2010/02/aditya-hrudayam-in-kannada.html