Vedic influence on the Sun-worship in the Puranas

by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words

This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (50) Sarvapti-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”.

Sun-worship Vratas (50) Sarvāpti-saptamī

The Sarvāptisaptamīvrata is observed on the seventh day of the dark fortnight of Māgha and lasts for a year. The Sarvāptisaptamīvrata is devoted to the Sun-god. By the observance of this vrata, all the wishes of the worshippers become fulfilled. The whole year is divided into two periods of six months. In the first six months, the Sesame is to be used at bath, and dinner is taken. The names with which the Sun-god is to be invoked in the six months from the Mārgaśīrṣa are, Mārtaṇḍa, Arka, Citrabhānu, Vibhāvasu, Bhaga and Haṃsa. In the second period of the six months, pañcagavya is used at bath and meals. The performer takes the names of the Sun-god and eats at night excluding oil and salt.[1]

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Ibid., 1.108.1-12

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