Vedic influence on the Sun-worship in the Puranas

by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words

This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (24) Nama-saptami or Rahasya-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”.

Sun-worship Vratas (24) Nāma-saptamī or Rahasya-saptamī

The Nāmasaptamīvrata or the Rahasyasaptamīvrata is observed on the seventh day of the bright fortnight in the month of Caitra. The worshipper worships the Sun-god for a year under different names like, Dhātṛ, Aryaman, etc., in every month; and on the particular day of its observance, should feed on Bhojakas with ghee and donation to be made of red clothes. There are too many restrictions ordained for the worshipper. He should not touch oil, should not wear dark blue garments, should not bathe with Āmalaka fruits, avoid quarrels, not to gamble, not to shed tears, etc., on the day of its observance.[1]

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Ibid., 1.65.1-7,19-34

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