Vedic influence on the Sun-worship in the Puranas

by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 76,487 words

This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (44) Vishnutrimurti’ 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”.

Sun-worship Vratas (44) Viṣṇutrimūrti

The three forms of lord Viṣṇu, viz. the Vāyu, the Moon and the Sun are worshipped on the third day of bright fortnight of Jyeṣṭha. The vrata starts with the observance of a fast and lasts for a year. The three forms of Lord Viṣṇu, the Vāyu, the Moon and the Sun, protect all the three worlds. They are also present inside the human bodies in the form of vāta, pitta and kapha. On the respective day in the month of Jyeṣṭha, in early morning the Sun-god is worshipped, Vāyu is worshipped at midday with homa and with Yavas and Sesame and at sunset, the Moon is worshipped in the water.[1]

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Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, 3.136.1-26

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