Vedic influence on the Sun-worship in the Puranas

by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words

This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (23) Nanda-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 Nandāsaptamīvrata is observed for the first time on the seventh day of the bright fortnight in the month of Mārgaśīrṣa. The vrata lasts for a year. The Sun-god is worshipped in his different forms, Viṣṇu, Bhaga and Dhātṛ in the three periods of four months with different flowers, naivedya and dhūpa. He remains ekabhakta on the fifth day, nakta on the sixth and observes fast on the seventh day and worships the Sun. The vrata gives its observer the ultimate pleasure in this world and also in the world of the Sun, after his death.[1]

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Bhaviṣyapurāṇa, 1.100.1-16

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