by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words
This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (1) Aparajita-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 Sun-god is worshipped on the seventh day of the bright fortnight on the month of the Bhādrapada and this day is called as Aparājitāsaptamī or simply Aparājitā. The reference of its observation is found in the Bhaviṣyapurāṇa. By the observance of this vrata, the worshipper becomes free from all types of the great sins, and achieves victory in the war. On the fourth day, the worshipper should remain ekabhakta, i.e. having his meal once a day, on the fifth-day, he should remain nakta, i.e. having his meal at night, and fast on the sixth. On the seventh, he should worship the Sun-god with the Karavīra flower, Sandal, incense made of Guggula, apūpa, etc. The deity should be worshipped with different materials in each group of three months.
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