The district administration of Srikakulam is gearing up for the much-awaited annual celestial festival, Rath Saptami, set to be held at the Arasavalli Lord Sri Suryanarayana Swamy temple in Srikakulam on February 16. In preparation for this grand event, a meeting of all department heads is scheduled for Friday to meticulously review the arrangements.
With expectations of over 1 lakh devotees, including visitors from neighboring districts and south Odisha, the administration is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring a smooth and memorable experience for all participants.
Discussions during the meeting will focus on various logistical aspects, including barricading, the establishment of separate queue lines for darshan (sacred viewing) and Prasadam (sacred food offering), and the provision of essential amenities such as generators, mobile toilets, water facilities, and control rooms.
Ratha Saptami, also known as Magha Saptami, holds great significance in Hindu tradition. It falls on the seventh day of the bright half (Shukla Paksha) of the Hindu month Magha. The festival symbolizes the Sun-god Surya’s turning of his chariot drawn by seven horses towards the northern hemisphere. This marks the onset of spring and the harvesting season, bringing with it a sense of renewal and vitality to the land and its people.
Moreover, Ratha Saptami is a day of celebration as it commemorates the birth of Surya, the Sun god. Known as Surya Jayanti, it is a joyous occasion where devotees come together to offer prayers and seek blessings for prosperity and well-being.
As the district administration of Srikakulam diligently prepares for Rath Saptami, they aim to create an atmosphere of reverence and festivity, ensuring that devotees have a fulfilling and spiritually enriching experience at the Arasavalli Lord Sri Suryanarayana Swamy temple.