Vedic influence on the Sun-worship in the Puranas

by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words

This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (11) Kamala-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 Kamalasaptamīvrata starts on the seventh day of the bright fortnight in the month of the Caitra and lasts for a year. Lord Divākara is worshipped by it. On the specific day of its observance, the worshipper completing his morning bath with water mixed with white mustard, makes a golden Lotus and places it in a golden vessel, full of Sesamum.

After that, covering the Lotus with a pair of clothes, he worships the Sun-god there, with incense, flowers, etc., and utterance of the words,

namaḥ kamalahastāya namaste viśvadhāriṇe/
divākara namastubhyaṃ
prabhākara namoʹstute/[1]

On the evening hour, a cow is gifted to a Brāhmaṇa, ornamented with vastra, mālya and alaṃkāra, etc., along with a vessel full of water.[2] On the next day, food is given to the Brāhmaṇas. The worshipper should observe this vrata on the seventh day of the bright fortnight in each month, following the same rituals. As the merit of it, he achieves inexhaustible money and the region of the Sun after his death. The Kamalasaptamīvrata is also referred to in the Padmapurāṇa[3] and the Bhaviṣyottarapurāṇa.[4]

Footnotes and references:


Matsyapurāṇa, 77.3,4


cf., viprāya dadyātsampūjya vastramālyavibhūṣaṇaiḥ/ śaktyācakapilāṃdadyādalaṃkṛtyavidhānataḥ//




Bhaviṣyapurāṇa, 4.50.1-11

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