by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words
This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (32) Mandara-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 Mandāraṣaṣṭhīvrata falls on the sixth day of the bright fortnight in the month of the Mārgaśīrṣa. On the fifth day, the performer takes light meal; on the sixth, he fasts and makes a prayer to the Mandāra tree. Next day, he should apply saffron to copper vessels with dark Sesame and worship the Sun under different names with Mandāra flowers in the eight directions, from the east, and worships Hari. The vrata lasts for a year and each month, on the seventh day of the bright fortnight, the same procedure is done.