by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words
This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (29) Phala-shashthi-vrata’ 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 Phalaṣaṣthīvrata begins with the observance of niyamas on the fifth day of the bright fortnight of Mārgaśīṣa. On the sixth day, a golden Lotus is prepared along with a golden fruit. On that day at midday, he should place the Lotus and the fruit with sugar on a vessel of clay or copper, and offer worship to the Sun with the flowers and observe fast for the day. On the seventh day, all these should be donated with the words: ‘May the Sun be pleased with me.’ One fruit he should give up till the next fifth of the dark half. This should be repeated for a year. In each month on the seventh day, one of the twelve names of the Sun are to be repeated. The performer with the performance of it, becomes free from all the sins and is hanoured in the world of the Sun.
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