Vedic influence on the Sun-worship in the Puranas

by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words

This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (13) Kirtivrata’ 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 Kīrtivrata is a saṃvatsaravrata that lasts for a year. The worshipper worships Aśvattha tree, the Sun-god and the Ganges:

aśvatthaṃ bhāskaraṃ gaṅgāṃ praṇamyaikatra vāgyataḥ/[1]

He stays in one place restraining his senses, takes food only once in the noon for a year. At the end of the vrata, he honours a Brāhmaṇa and his wife, with the gifts of three cows and a golden tree.

The Matsyapurāṇa refers to this vrata saying that it yields fame and land to the observer:

etatkīrtivrataṃ nāma bhūtikīrtiphalapradam//[2]

Footnotes and references:

[1]:

Matsyapurāṇa, 101.23

[2]:

Ibid., 101.24

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