Vedic influence on the Sun-worship in the Puranas

by Goswami Mitali | 2018 | 68,171 words

This page relates ‘Sun-worship Vratas (54) Sauravrata’ 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 Sauravrata is observed with the observance of fast on the seventh tithi. The vrata lasts for a year, and the Sun-god is worshipped with it. At the end of the vrata, the devotee donates a golden Lotus, cows along with a jar full of food, according to his capability.

It leads the worshipper to Sūryaloka:

yaścopavāsī saptamyāṃ samānte haimapaṅkajam/
vai śaktito dadyāddhemānnaghaṭasaṃyutāḥ/
etat sauravrataṃ nāma sūryalokaphalapradam//

Footnotes and references:


Matsyapurāṇa, 101.63

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