by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words
This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (49) Sapta-saptami-kalpa-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”.
The Saptasaptamīkalpavrata is to be undertaken on a Sunday in bright fortnight after the Sun starts on his northward passage and on a constellation with male name. It lasts for a year. The worshipper should observe celibacy and subsist on nakta on all the seven saptamīs called Arkasampūṭa, Marica, Nimba, Phala, Anodanā, Vijayā, Kāmikī. He observes ekabhakta on the fifth day and avoids sexual intercourse on the sixth day, and give up honey and meat on that tithi. After writing the seven names on leaves, he should cast them in an unused jar and should ask a child.