"Suryopasana" (सूर्योपासना) ie. Worship of Surya deva or Sun god is a very ancient tradition of Hinduism. We can find its origins in our Vedas. Lots of mantras are there about Surya Deva or the Sun god in all four Vedas. Some of them are from 1) Saura Suktas from Rug-Veda 2) Surya Namaskar Mantras 3) Surya Upanishad from Atharvaved. etc.

Suryopasana or worship of the sun god is also the purpose of "Sandhyavandanam" (संध्यावंदन) , a daily ritual carried out in the morning, afternoon, and evening to praise Surya Deva.

My question is

What are the benefits of Suryopasana" described in Vedas and Upanishads, Preferably with mentioning of Sanskrit Mantras.?

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Praying to Sun god (Suryopasana) has many benefits described in Vedas. According to Rig Veda, Book 1, Hymn 50, Surya is the remover of heart disease and yellowness of body.

उद्यन्नद्य मित्रमह आरोहन्नुत्तरां दिवम | हर्द्रोगं ममसूर्य हरिमाणं च नाशय ||

11 Rising this day, O rich in friends, ascending to the loftier heaven,

Sūrya remove my heart's disease, take from me this my yellow hue.

Also praying to Surya can give us strength and can remove various diseases as described in Rig Veda, Book 10, Hymn 37.

येन सूर्य जयोतिषा बाधसे तमो जगच्च विश्वमुदियर्षिभानुना | तेनास्मद विश्वामनिरामनाहुतिमपामीवामप दुष्वप्न्यं सुव ||

4 O Sūrya, with the light whereby thou scatterest gloom, and with thy ray impellest every moving thing,

Keep far from us all feeble, worthless sacrifice, and drive away disease and every evil dream.

Surya is the provider of happiness and maximum age.

तं नो दयावाप्र्थिवी तन न आप इन्द्रः शर्ण्वन्तु मरुतोहवं वचः | मा शूने भूम सूर्यस्य सन्द्र्शिभद्रं जीवन्तो जरणामशीमहि ||

6 This invocation, these our words may Heaven and Earth, and Indra and the Waters and the Maruts hear.

Ne’er may we suffer want in presence of the Sun, and, living happy lives, may we attain old age.

विश्वाहा तवा सुमनसः सुचक्षसः परजावन्तो अनमीवानागसः | उद्यन्तं तवा मित्रमहो दिवे-दिवे जयोग जीवाःप्रति पश्येम सूर्य ||

7 Cheerful in spirit, evermore, and keen of sight, with store of children, free from sickness and from sin,

Long-living, may we look, O Sūrya, upon thee uprising day by day, thou great as Mitra is!

महि जयोतिर्बिभ्रतं तवा विचक्षण भास्वन्तं चक्षुषे चक्षुषे मयः | आरोहन्तं बर्हतः पाजसस परि वयंजीवाः परति पश्येम सूर्य ||

8 Sūrya, may we live long and look upon thee still, thee, O Far-seeing One, bringing the glorious light,

The radiant God, the spring of joy to every eye, as thou art mounting up o’er the high shining flood.

Surya is also capable of giving pure innocence, strength, and health.

यस्य ते विश्वा भुवनानि केतुना पर चेरते नि च विशन्तेक्तुभिः | अनागास्त्वेन हरिकेश सूर्याह्नाह्ना नोवस्यसा-वस्यसोदिहि ||

9 Thou by whose lustre all the world of life comes forth, and by thy beams again returns unto its rest,

O Sūrya with the golden hair, ascend for us day after day, still bringing purer innocence.

शं नो भव चक्षसा शं नो अह्ना शं भानुना शंहिमा शं घर्णेन | यथा शमध्वञ्छमसद दुरोणेतत सूर्य दरविणं धेहि चित्रम ||

10 Bless us with shine, bless us with perfect daylight, bless us with cold, with fervent heat and lustre.

Bestow on us, O Sūrya, varied riches, to bless us in our home and when we travel.

अस्माकं देवा उभयाय जन्मने शर्म यछत दविपदेचतुष्पदे | अदत पिबदूर्जयमानमाशितं तदस्मेशं योररपो दधातन ||

11 Gods, to our living creatures of both kinds vouchsafe protection, both to bipeds and to quadrupeds,

That they may drink and eat invigorating food. So grant us health and strength and perfect innocence.

As suggested by @Tezz, According to Yajur Veda 4.5.1 Surya is the form of Rudra. So, he is the provider of happiness to everyone.

असौ योsवसर्पति नीलग्रीवो विलोहितः ।

उतैनं गोपा अदृशन्नदृशन्नुदहार्यः ॥

उतैनं विश्वा भूतानि स दृष्टो मृडयाति नः ॥

The black-throated Rudra who has assumed the form of the sun that glows red when rising. Him the cowherds, the women carrying water, and all the creatures behold. He, who is seen by all, let Him send happiness to us.

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    and also YajurVeda 4.5.1 (Sri Rudram portion) states Sun is Form of Rudra and thus one gets happiness by behelding the sun "This Sun who is copper-red when he arises, then golden-yellow, this highly auspicious and beneficent one is truly Rudra. These other Rudras who are quartered round about in all directions of this earth, may I ward off their anger by my praise. The black-throated Rudra who has assumed the form of the sun that glows red when rising. Him the cowherds, the women carrying water, and all the creatures behold. He, who is seen by all, let Him send happiness to us."
    – Tezz
    Aug 10, 2016 at 7:25
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    @Tezz TriyugiNarayanMani - Yes and Surya is also considered as brahman in Suryopanishda , from Atharvaveda. Aug 10, 2016 at 7:40
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    @Tezz and SwiftPushkar Thanks for the information, I will add these details into my answer. Aug 10, 2016 at 7:55
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    @Triyugi Narayan Mani Every translation of Vedas found in sacred text .com is at it's worst... see here the word by word meaning... kamakoti.org/kamakoti/stotra/Sri%20Rudram%20Anuvakam1.html see word to word meaning of mantra 7 and mantra 8...
    – Tezz
    Aug 10, 2016 at 8:10
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    @Triyugi Narayan Mani and if you want pdf... these translations are nice.. suyajna.org/files/rudram.pdf and this skandagurunatha.org/works/stothras/sri-rudram.pdf
    – Tezz
    Aug 10, 2016 at 8:29

I would like to add this answer of mine as suplimentory to above one. Various benifits of Suryopasana or sun worship also are described in Suryopanishad (सूर्योपनिषद) Which is part of Atharvveda.

य एतां महाभागः प्रातः पठति स भाग्यवाञ्जायते । पशून्विन्दति । वेदार्थं लभते । त्रिकालमेतज्जप्त्वा क्रतुशतफलमवाप्नोति । यो हस्तादित्ये जपति स महामृत्युं तरति य एवं वेद ॥

He who recites this mantra at dawn, becomes fortunate , will get live-stock , masters vedas. Reciting this at three periods (Dawn , Midday , Eve) ,he gets fruit of hundred yagnas. He who recites this when the sun is in Hasta Nakshtra will conqures death.

सूर्याभिमुखो जप्त्वा महाव्याधिभयात्प्रमुच्यते । अलक्ष्मीर्नश्यति । अभक्ष्यभक्षणात्पूतो भवति । अगम्यागमनात्पूतो भवति । पतितसम्भाषणात्पूतो भवति । असत्सम्भाषणात्पूतो भवति । मध्याह्ने सूराभिमुखः पठेत् । सद्योत्पन्नपञ्चमहापातकात्प्रमुच्यते । सैषां सावित्रीं विद्यां न किञ्चिदपि न कस्मैचित्प्रशंसयेत् ।

If this suryopasana mantra is recited facing the sun ,one is released from fear of great diseases. He will be free of poverty. At midday if one recites this mantra , facing the sun, he is released from five great sins. One should be careful about giving this mantra to unworthy.

  • Yes ,Thanks. I have also provided link to suryopanishada .Pls. find it in answer. Aug 10, 2016 at 8:37

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