by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words
This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (38) Ratha-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 white fortnight, in the month of the Mārgaśīrṣa, the Rathasaptamīvrata is observed, in devotion of the Sun-god. On the sixth day, at night, saṅkalpa is made and on the seventh day, fast is observed. The performer prepares a golden or silver car with horses and charioteer and recites a hymn to the Sun. At midday, he should place that car in a maṇḍapa, surrounded by cloth. The car is worshipped with saffron, flowers, and an image of the Sun-god is placed on it. Both the Sun-god and the car are worshipped together along with the charioteer. The worshipper addressing the Sun in his mantras, states his desires. At night jāgara is done with songs and music. The performer should not close his eyes at night. Next day after bath, he makes gifts and donates the car to the Guru.