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Surya is the chief of the Navagraha, the nine Classical planets and important elements of Hindu astrology.

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What is the best shloka for worship of Surya Deva?

I look for a shloka that I can chant throughout the day, for worship of Surya Deva (Aditya Hridayam is too long). Can someone recommend any?
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Where is it mentioned that surya gave chatra and paduka?

Where is it mentioned that surya gave chatra (umbrella) and paduka (sandals) to men to protect themselves from his rays?
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Which Hindu scripture is saying that sun does not rise or set?

The boldified text of the following sentence is a well known fact about sun now The sun stays in its position at the center of our solar system. It doesn't rise and set. But it appears to rise ...
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Correct procedure of giving Arghya to Surya according to our scriptures?

What is the correct procedure of giving Arghya to Surya/Sun God according to our scriptures? Arghya is a form of worship where water sometimes with different ingredients are offered to the Sun. I ...
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What is the relation between Light (Suryadevta) and Air (Vayu)?

Sun is the Devata (Deity/Surya Deva) of Air (Vayu) and Sun travels on Air (vayu) as its chariot (Vayu rupi rath). If there is no air can the sun rays have speed?
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Can one look at the rising and setting sun during Sandhyavandanam?

According to scriptures, one should not look at the rising and setting sun. But what about during morning and evening Sandhyavandanam when one faces the sun and meditates on it? Is that the only ...
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Scripture(s) saying not to look at the sun during his rising and setting time

Consider the following statements of Bhishma from Anusasana Parva of Mahabharata One should never look at the rising sun, nor at the setting sun. Nor should one look at the sun when he is in ...
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What is Surya Kriya? What is its significance? How it is different from other related practices?

What is Surya Kriya? What is its significance? How it is different from other related practices? Is it part of Patanjali Sutras? I have not come across too many texts or videos explaining the same.
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Does the notion of the earth as a planet within the Solar System exist in scripture?

In other words, as an approximate sphere going round the Sun with other planets some closer to the Sun and some further away? Whether this modern view of the Solar System exists in scripture has not ...
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Surya Arghya ingredients mentioned in Ramayan and other scriptures?

Does anyone know what eight ingredients are mentioned in the Ramayana for Surya Arghya? I am also curious what other scriptures say about ingredients in Surya Arghya so mentioning those are welcome as ...
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What are the benefits of offering Water to the Surya Dev (sun) in morning? [duplicate]

What are the benefits of doing Surya namaskar? By surya namaskar, I mean offering Water to the Surya Dev (sun) in morning? Personally, I have given water to Surya deva for 1 month and I'm not ...
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Why only water is used to give Arghya to Sun (Surya)? [duplicate]

I know that offering arghya to Sun (Surya) is a way of saying thank you to Sun (Surya) for provide such enormous amount of light & energy. My question is why only water is selected to offer ...
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Who was Rishi Etesha and why was he racing with Surya?

I had earlier asked a question on Indra taking away a wheel from Surya's chariot and from the answer by Pushkar it turned out that he had done that to help his friend Rishi Etesha: There was ...
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Who is the mother-in-law of Surya?

I have heard stories of Surya getting married to Vishwakarma's daughter but I don't know the name of Vishwakarma's wife. Who was she and what is her story?
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What is the difference between Sun and Sun God?

What is the difference between a graha and a deva in both astrological sense as well as in spiritual sense? For example when we say Sun (Surya), we mean the star (planet astrologically) but is it same ...
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Who is the daughter of Surya mentioned in Rig Veda 10.85?

The Rig Veda Book 10 Verse 85 describes the bridal of Sun-god's daughter who is called Surya as well: 6 Raibhi was her dear bridal friend, and Narasamsi led her home. Lovely was Sūrya's robe: she ...
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When the Sun was lost?

Mahabharata: Adi Parva: Sambhava Parva says the illustrious Atri who illumined the world of old when the Sun was lost.. Where this story can be found in detail which tells when and why the Sun ...
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How can Wind, Sun and Fire be living beings?

There are many hymns dedicated to Wind, Sun, Fire in the Vedas. There was also a yajna done to please them. Sun is called Aditya, meaning son of Aditi and Kashyapa Rishi. How can a star be born from a ...
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Does Kalpa coincide with age of Sun?

While searching for relation between the life span of Sun and present Shri Bramha Day, I came across a very interesting fact by calculations. The age of our Sun is nearly equal to Shri Bramha's day i....
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Why is Surya referred to as Martanda?

Rig Veda Book 10 Verse 72 mentions a curious story about Surya's birth: 7 When, O ye Gods, like Yatis, ye caused all existing things to grow, Then ye brought Sūrya forward who was lying hidden in ...
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Is the Purusha Suktam of the Yajurveda dedicated to Lord Aditya(Surya)

Chapter 31 of White Yajurveda contains the Purusha Suktam which tells us about the Supreme Nature of God. I have read that Lord Aditya is the deity of the Purusha Suktam. So does it means The Supreme ...
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In any of the works of Adi Shankaracharya is it mentioned that any deity apart from Sriman Narayana to be supreme/Saguna Brahman/Ishwara?

I have mainly seen Adi Shankaracharya calling Narayana to be the only supreme/Saguna Brahman/Ishwara whereas his followers i.e. Smarthas believe that Adi Shankaracharya saw Vishnu, Shiva, Devi, Surya, ...
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What's the meaning of Sūrya Maṇḍala Stōtram?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32TGOFRIVmE It appears to be from Bhaviṣya Purāṇa because it ends with: ... sūryamaṇḍalasustrōtraṃ yaḥ paṭhēt satataṃ naraḥ | sarvapāpaviśuddhātmā ...
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Authentic text of Surya Siddhanta English Translation

Are there any authentic text of Surya Siddhanta English Translation ? The following seem to be commonly available ones in Internet, Surya - Siddhanta, By Ed. By S. Jain E. Burgees The Surya-...
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What is the relation of Surya & Yama with Agni?

Rig Veda Book 10, Hymn 21 is dedicated to Agni and mentions the following: 4 O Agni, what thou deemest wealth, Victorious and Immortal One! Bring thou to give us vigour,—at your glad carouse -...
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Goddess Parvathi hiding the sun

Is there a story where Goddess Parvathi hides the sun when Shiva is talking to her?A friend of mine insists that there is such a story.
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Why were the Mandehas cursed to try to eat the Sun every day?

Sandhyavandhanam is a ritual that all Brahmanas (in fact all Dvijas) are required to perform three times a day. This chapter of the Vishnu Purana describes one reason why Sandhyavandhanam is done, ...
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What is the story of the Naga Padmanabha dragging the chariot of Surya?

The SECTION CCCLVII of Shanti Parva of Mahabharat talks about a Brahmin who goes to meet a renowned Naga Padmanabha only to be told by his wife that he was out on an important errand which is quite ...
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What are the seven rays of the sun?

In Chapter 45, Uttarabhaga of Kurma Purana, seven rays of sun is mentioned सप्तरश्मिरथो भूत्वा समुत्तिष्ठन्दिवाकरः। असह्यरशिमर्भवति पिबन्नम्भो गभस्तिभिः॥ १४॥ Thereafter, the sun with his ...
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Who did Indra receive a prophecy from in a golden ship?

This excerpt from the Baudhayana Shrauta Sutras, a text associated with the Yajur Veda, describes an interesting story involving a war between the Devas and the Asuras: When gods and demons fought ...
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Which scriptures or Vedic hymns declare the Sun as the Supreme God (Brahman)?

Most of the Indian philosophies establish hierarchies of their interest of Gods. Like There are many Lord Vishnus ( MahaVishnu- Supreme Brahman ) & Similarly many Lord Shivas ( Brahman is usually ...
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Before Aruna, who was the Sun God's charioteer?

Chapter 16 – Verses 22 and 23 of Adi Parva of Mahabharata in Aastika Parva states विशिष्टम् बलमीप्सन्त्या पञ्चवर्षशतात् परः | एवं शप्त्वा ततः पुत्रो विनितामन्तरिक्षगः || २२ ||** अरुणो ...
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How can Karna, the son of a god, be associated with the origin of Pitri Paksh?

I was checking out the legends associated with the Pitri Paksh or Shraadh rituals and it led me to the story of Karna which goes like this: When the legendary donor Karna died in the epic ...
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Why do Hindus only count Umbra as the eclipse?

Hindu calendar only includes Umbra as an eclipse. Penumbra (here B) can affect a wider area of place and last longer as well. Partial eclipse also occurs in the Penumbra. So why is only Umbra counted ...
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Why did Indra steal a wheel from the chariot of Surya?

The Rigved verse 5.29.10 talks about an interesting incident: 9 What time ye came with strong steeds swiftly speeding, O Uśanā and Indra, to the dwelling, Thou camest thither -conquering together ...
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Will Lord Surya Die?

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 ...
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Hindu scriptures say Sun moves in a Chariot pulled by horses. What does this mean?

Rig Veda 1.50.8, 1.50.1 O, Bright sun, a chariot named harit with seven horses takes you to sky. Bhagavata Purana also says the same. But Sun cannot physically travel in Chariot.
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What are the “Daśa bhāskara kṣetrās”?

Srisailam is one of the most ancient kshetras in our country. There are legends associated with this sacred place. Srisailam is one of only three kshetras which is a jyotirlinga Kshetra and also a ...
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Which scriptures describe the chariot of Sun God?

सप्ताश्व रथमारूढम् प्रचंडम् कश्यपात्मजम् | श्वेत पद्मधरम् देवम् तम् सूर्यम् प्रणमाम्यहम् || saptāśva rathamārūḍham pracaṁḍam kaśyapātmajam | śvēta padmadharam dēvam tam sūryam praṇamāmyaham |...
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Who is Suvarchala? Is she wife or daughter of Sun God?

There are several stories of Hanuman being married or a bachelor. A question was already asked before on this site. Some say that Hanuman promised Sun that he will marry his daughter Suvarchala when ...
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What is the story of Savitṛ deity?

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 ...
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Why did surya not accept shani as his son?

Surya had three wives, Samjna, Rajni and Prabha. Surya and Samjna had two sons and a daughter. The eldest son was Vaivasvata Manu. And the remaining two offspring were twins named Yama and Yamuna. ...
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Can rituals like 'Tila tarpana' be performed on “Ratha sapthami” day?

What rituals have to be done and what activities/celebrations/rituals should NOT be done and who has to do what on Ratha sapthami day? Can we perform "Tila tarpana" on Ratha sapthami day for fathers ...
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Which Scriptures contain the verse “Arogyam bhaskarad ichcheth”?

First line of the following verse is used in Ayurveda and Surya Namaskaras to substantiate significance of Lord Surya as bestower of good health. Arogyam bhaskarad ichcheth Sriyam ichcheth ...
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Does the sect Sauram still exist?

Does Sauram - the sect of Lord Surya being Supreme Being, still exists? One of my Bengali friends are Saurite. If they are still existing, when did the community got declined? What are their holy ...
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How did Samba, Krishna's son, get relieved from Curse of Krishna?

Samba was Lord Krishna and Jamabavati son. Samba was born from Amsa of Lord Shiva. Lord Krishna wanted to end His Yadava clan (who were attendants of Lord Vishnu in Vaikunta) as His innumerable ...
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Do any Deities, other than the Pancha Mahadevatas, have Swayambhu representations?

The Pancha Mahadevatas are Ganapaty,Shiva,Vishnu,Devi(Ambika) & Surya. There is a Smarta tradition of worshiping them together in the Panchayatana Puja..In this Puja instead of idols or images of ...
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What is the mythological significance of ritually giving water to sun after bathing?

What is the mythological significance of ritually giving water to sun after bathing?
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Benefits of “Suryaopassna” (सूर्योपासना) or Sun worship described in Vedas and upanishdas?

"Suryopasana" (सूर्योपासना) ie. Worship of Surya deva or Sun god is very ancient tradition of Hinduism. We can find it's origins in our Vedas. Lot's of mantras are there about Surya Deva or Sun god in ...
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What are the name of Hindu months based on Sun-god?

This question The story behind Names of Hindu calender Months? describes the popular name of Hindu months. These are as follows: Chaitra, Vaiśākha, Jyeṣṭha, Āṣāḍha, Śrāvaṇa, Bhādrapada, Ashvin, ...