by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 76,487 words
This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (15) Gomayadi-saptami’ of the study on the Vedic influence of Sun-worship in the Puranas, conducted by Goswami Mitali in 2018. The tradition of observing Agnihotra sacrifice and the Sandhya, etc., is frequently observed among the Hindus. Another important innovation of the Sun-worship in the Puranas is the installation of the images of the Sun in the temples.—This section belongs to the series “Rituals Related to the Sun-Worship in the Puranas”.
The Gomayādisaptamīvrata begins on the seventh day of the bright fortnight in the month of Caitra. It should be continued for twelve months with the observance of the vrata on each seventh day of the bright fortnight. The Sun-god is worshipped under different names in every month, with the Lotus, incense, Sandal, Guggula, etc., and, the same objects should be offered to the honourable Brāhmaṇas, along with a fee. Again, the worshipper should subsist on the gomaya (cow dung), yāvaka, or fallen leaves, or milk, or on grains, achieved by the alms. By observing this vrata one achieves the merit of great sacrifices and achieves great place in the region of the Sun.