Vedic influence on the Sun-worship in the Puranas

by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words

This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (36) Yajna-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 Śuklasaptamītithi, where there is an eclipse and specially when there is a Saṃkrānti, the performer eats haviṣya for one time and bow to Varuṇa. He should lie down on a bed of Darbha grass on the ground on that particular day. Next day, in the beginning and end, he should sacrifice to Varuṇa. On the Śuklasaptamī of Māgha, the sacrifice is addressed to Varuṇa, on Phālguna to Sūrya, on Caitra to Aṃśuman and so on till Pauṣa. At the end of the year, a golden chariot is made of, to which the seven horses of the Sun-god are yoked, and at the midst of the chariot, a golden image of the deity is placed on, surrounded by twelve Brāhmaṇas, who represent the twelve names of the Sun in the twelve months. The chariot along with a cow is to be presented to the Ācārya. In case of poor man, copper chariot should be made of.[1]

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Ibid., 1.50.1-42

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