If the Sun loses fuel, does that correspond to Surya the Sun god getting old? If the Sun burns out, does that correspond to Surya dying? What does Hindu scripture have to say on the subject of Surya getting old or dying?

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    Lord Surya's (all Devas) life span is one Manvantara.
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 8:26
  • @TheDestroyer Surya is ParaBrahma. How can He die. Even if He leaves His physical coil. But the Surya is actually Burning out of fuel. So how is ParaBrahma captured inside some atoms.
    – user9392
    Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 9:08
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    Yes. Surya is ParaBrahma in Saura Tradition. But even in Saura tradition there are higher Surya and lesser surya just like how Shaivas consider different hierarchies of Shiva (SadaShiva to Kailasa Shankara).
    – The Destroyer
    Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 9:17
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    Where did you learn that after 5 billion years sun will be exhausted? Add it. Commented Jun 2, 2017 at 9:20
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    @SreeCharan I've mixed feelings on such Q's. If this is closed we also have to close: How could octogenarian heroes fight in Mahabharata? Commented Jun 3, 2017 at 14:40

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The Vedas mention Sun or Lord Surya as the inner soul of everything. So, needless to say there is no question of that eternal Sun (mentioned in Vedas) ever dying.

Surya AtmA jagatah tasthushah cha.


The Sun is the soul of all that is dynamic and static.

Atharva Veda Samhita, KAnda 13, Sukta 2, Mantra 35.

  • But if Surya is eternal, then why is He getting depleted every single half of a second. Where is eternity here
    – user9392
    Commented Jun 4, 2017 at 14:39
  • @AnuragSingh Oh is he getting so? I think this mantra talks about the spiritual sun..in any case Veda mantras are difficult to interpret.
    – Rickross
    Commented Jun 4, 2017 at 16:55
  • Then why are we asked to water the Sun. Why is it said that Lord Surya comes everyday to give light, et cetera
    – user9392
    Commented Jun 4, 2017 at 16:57
  • @AnuragSingh This surya which the mantra mentions is obviously Lord surya more than the physical sun we see in the sky.. So, going by the mantra the answer to ur Q is no as i have stated.
    – Rickross
    Commented Jun 4, 2017 at 17:02

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