Vedic influence on the Sun-worship in the Puranas

by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words

This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (43) Vishoka-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 Viśokasaptamīvrata is observed on the seventh day of the bright fortnight in the month of Māgha. On the sixth day, the worshipper, after brushing his teeth and rubbing black Sesamum on his body, takes bath and observes fast for the whole day. At night, again brushing his teeth, he takes kṣarā pudding that is prepared with rice, Sesamum and milk, with ghee. On the seventh day morning, after taking the bath and finishing his prayer he worships the Lotus, made of gold with the words arkāya namaḥ, etc.[1] The Brāhmaṇas are offered food in a vessel containing raw sugar and the golden Lotus is gifted to a Brāhmaṇa along with a pair of red clothes. The vrata lasts for a year. At the end of it, a pitcher of water along with golden Lotus should be given away along with bedstead, milch cow, etc.[2]

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cf., vratānte kalaśaṃ dadyātsuvarṇakamalānvitam/ śayyāṃ sopaskarāṃ dadyātkapilāṃ ca

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