Vedic influence on the Sun-worship in the Puranas

by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words

This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (16) Cakshurvrata’ 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 Cakṣurvrata is also called as the Netravrata. The second day of the bright fortnight in the month of the Caitra is observed as the Cakṣurvrata, in which the twin deities, the Aśvins are worshipped. The Aśvins are regarded as the divine physicians, popularly identified with the Sun and the moon. It lasts for a year or twelve years. The performer subsists on curd and ghee on the specific day of its observance and worships the respective deities. Observing it for a year, the worshipper attains good observing and for twelve years becomes the king.[1]

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Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, 3.130.1-7

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