What is the story of Savitṛ deity? I am really confused between him and Surya, are they related? As per Wikipedia:

Savitr disappeared as an independent deity from the Hindu pantheon after the end of the Vedic period.

But most of that wikipedia page made me more confused. So what does scripture say about Savitṛ? Is he and Surya same or different?

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    Savitar is just another name for Surya, just as Agni is also known as Jatavedas and Vaishvanara. The notion that Savitar and Surya were originally two different gods who were later conflated is just speculation by Western Indologists. But as far as Hindus are concerned, Savitar and Surya were always one and the same. There are no scriptures saying that they're different gods. – Keshav Srinivasan Dec 7 '16 at 18:38
  • @KeshavSrinivasan maybe you can answer it in bit details. As seems like a valid question – Ankit Sharma Dec 7 '16 at 18:40
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    While it seems a pretty reasonable explanation, I would appreciate some citations though on the Western Indologists' notion @kesav. – user1081 Dec 8 '16 at 6:26
  • @Keshav Actually, the list of 12 Adityas has both Vivasvan as well as Savita which would imply that they are actually brothers. Of course they are the same in the sense that both are sun deities but they are different in that they are two sons of Aditi. (?) – Surya Dec 8 '16 at 7:16

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