Bath with Arka Leaves: It is an age old custom and tradition that people on this day take special

bath with seven Arka(Jilledu) leaves by keeping one on the head, two on the shoulders, two on the knees and two on the feet. Arka is commonly called as Jilledu in Telugu During the bath following sloka is tobe chanted:

! Yadhyajanma kritham papam maya sapthasu janmasu! Thanme rogancha sokancha makari hanthu sapthami!! ! Yetatjanmakritham papam yachha janmanthararjitham Mano vakkayajam yachha gnathagnathancha yathpunaha!! ! Ithi sapthavidham papam snaname saptha sapthake ! Sapthavyadhi samayuktham hara makari sapthami!

Arghyam is given to Sun God on this day with the following sloka ! Saptha sapthi vaha preetha sapthaloka pradeepana Sapthami sahito deva gruhanargyam Diwakara!