Vedic influence on the Sun-worship in the Puranas

by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 76,487 words

This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (41) Vijaya-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 Vijayāsaptamīvrata is observed on the seventh day of the bright fortnight with Sunday. On the respective day, fast is observed and Sun-god is worshipped with the repetition of one thousand names. The vrata lasts for a year. As a reward of the vrata, the performer becomes free from all the diseases and sins.[1]

According to another reference, the Vijayāsaptamīvrata is observed on seven saptamīs by fasting and forgoing wheat, Māṣa, Yava, etc.:

abhyañjanāñjalatilāṃśca vivarjayedyaḥ tasyeṣitaṃ bhavati saptasu saptamīṣu/[2]

The worshipper achieves money, sons, etc., observing this vrata.

Footnotes and references:

[1]:

Bhaviṣyapurāṇa, 4.43.1-30

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