Vedic influence on the Sun-worship in the Puranas

by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words

This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (33) Marica-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”.

On the seventh day of the bright fortnight in the month of Caitra, the Sun-god is worshipped with the observance of Marīcasaptamīvrata. The worshipper feeds Brāhmaṇas and makes them partake of hundred peppers with the utterance of the mantra, aum khalkholkāya svāhā, etc. As the performer observes this vrata, he never undergoes separation from his nearest and dearest ones and becomes free from all the diseases.[1]

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Ibid., 1.214.40-47

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