Vedic influence on the Sun-worship in the Puranas

by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words

This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (34) Maha-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”.

The Mahāsaptamīvrata is observed on the seventh day on the bright fortnight in the month of Mārgaśīrṣa. On the fifth day, the worshipper should remain ekabhakta, on the sixth nakta and on the seventh, the fast should be observed. The Sun-god is worshipped with the Karavīra flowers and red Sandal wood paste. It lasts for one year and the whole year is divided into three groups of four months from Māgha. In each division of four months, flowers of different colour are offered, along with different naivedyas and different dhūpas. At the end of the vrata, a chariot made of gold is to be given as the gift.[1]

 

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Ibid., 1.51.1-16

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