Vedic influence on the Sun-worship in the Puranas

by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words

This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (22) Dhamavrata’ 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 Dhāmavrata is observed on the full moon day of the month of Phālguna in devotion to the Sun.

The worshipper observes fast for three days and donates a beautiful house at the end of the vrata:

trirātropoṣito dadyāt phālgunyāṃ bhavanaṃ śubham/
ādityalokamāpnoti dhāmavratamidaṃ smṛtam//[1]

The reference to this Dvādaśādityavrata is also found in the Garuḍapurāṇa. According to it, observing this vrata on the month of Kārtika, the worshipper reaches to the world of the Sun by grace of it.[2]

Footnotes and references:


Matsyapurāṇa, 101.79


cf., trirātropoṣito dadyātkārtikyāṃ bhavanaṃ śubham/ sūryalokamavāpnoti dhāmavratamidaṃ subham// Garuḍapurāṇa, 1.137.3

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