Vedic influence on the Sun-worship in the Puranas

by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words

This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (25) Nikshubharka-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 (25) Nikṣubhārka-saptamī

This vrata starts on the sixth or the seventh day or on the saṃkrānti day or on the Sunday. It lasts for a year. The images of the Sun-god and his wife Nikṣubhā are made of gold or silver or wood, and should be bathed with ghee decorating with incense, garlands and clothes, should be placed on the temple. After that, it should be worshipped with the observance of fast and performance of the homa. The devotees of the Sun-god should be offered white clothes and they are to be fed. It is believed that the performer of this vrata secures the desired object and goes to the region of the Sun as a reward of the vrata. The woman achieves the son of good quality and lives happily with her husband in their domestic relationship.[1]

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Ibid., 1.166.1-18

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