Vedic influence on the Sun-worship in the Puranas

by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words

This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (42) Vishoka-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”.

Sun-worship Vratas (42) Viśoka-ṣaṣṭhī-vrata

The Viśokaṣaṣṭhīvrata is observed on the sixth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Māgha. On the fifth day, the worshipper bathes with black Sesame and partake food made up of rice and Sesame. Then on the sixth day, he makes a golden Lotus and worships it as Sun with the red Karavīra flowers and two red garments. The worshipper prays for freedom from sorrow. After that, he should drink cow’s urine and sleeps. On the seventh day, donation is made to the Guru and Brāhmaṇas. After that he takes food without oil and salt. He should observe silence and listen to the Purāṇa works.[1]

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