Vedic influence on the Sun-worship in the Puranas

by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words

This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (14) Gunavaptivrata’ 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 (14) Guṇāvāptivrata

The Guṇāvāptivrata begins on the first day of the bright fortnight in the month of the Phālguṇa. It is a one year-vrata. Though lord Śiva is worshipped prominently, but the images of Āditya, Agni, Varuṇa and the moon are also worshipped during the days. The first two forms are the fierce form and the last two are the mild forms of Śiva. The worshipper bathes with different substances in each of the four days and subsists on the milk. On the fourth day of the worship, homa is done with wheat, Sesame, corn and barley.[1]

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Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, 3.137.1-13

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