On Ratha-Saptami, a low platform is placed next to the Tulsi plant. Seven horses are drawn using red sandal paste (representing the seven horses of the Sun-god’s chariot). Everything is used, in fact, red in colour on this occasion, as a symbol of the Sun God Surya, including flowers, kumkum etc. In the courtyard of the house, milk is heated in an earthen pot placed on dung-cakes. When the milk boils, it is allowed to spill over the edge of the pot.
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