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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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Any Sanskrit verses that explicitly states that Ganesha, Surya and Hanumana grants Moksha?

As per various texts, Shiva, Vishnu, Shakti have been told capable of granting Moksha. Surya and Ganesha are part of the panchayatana smarta deities, in addition to the above three. So along with them ...
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Is the deity of the Sun (Surya) a 'Devatā', or a 'Bhagvān, ' according to major sects?

What's the status of Surya as a deity as per acharyas of major sects (currently Vaishnava, Shaiva, Shaktas)? Adi Shankaracharya listed him as one of the five equally worship-worthy Pañcayatan deities. ...
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Does the Gāṇapatyas (गाणपत्य) and the Sauras (सौर) have any dedicated sectarian Tilaka?

Each sect/subsect within Hinduism has its own dedicated 'sectarian holy markings" known as Tilaka (तिलक). For Instance: The Śaivaites (शैव) - the worshippers of god Śiva as the Supreme, wears ...
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What is the exact time span mentioned in this verse of inactivity?

Consider the following sub-verse regarding a time intended for inactivity avoid taking foods, sex, sleeping, study and recapitulation at the time of meeting of the night and sunrise p:23, Chapter 2: ...
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Vastu Shastra --reason

I recently got interested in vastu. I know something related to sun being there in the East but what about the other directions. Also I learnt that adding a new built room is not good without puja. ...
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What is meant by "revolution of Sun's apogee"?

While reading Translation of the Surya Siddhanta and of the Siddhanta Siromani(1861) - Bapu Deva Shastri, I stuck in the follwing. Chapter I, verse 41 & 42 In a KALPA (4.32 billion years), there ...
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Does Mahabharata say anywhere that sun is parabrahman

Valmiki Ramayana contains Aditya Hridayam which (at-least indirectly) says that sun is parabrahman ? He is Brahma the creator, Vishnu the protector of the Universe, Lord Shiva the god of destruction, ...
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Is there a God of black hole? [closed]

We know that there is a God(devatā) of sun(Surya deva). And when sun dies it becomes a black hole.So is there a God of black hole.
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Wife of Lord Hanumāna?

As per this QnA on this site itself, it gives complete details of Lord Hanumāna getting married and having family. No, Hanuman was technically not a bachelor (Brahmachari). His wife was Suvarcalā (...
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Giving Arghya to Surya even when not visible?

I have watched several people giving arghya to Surya, even before sunrise (when sun is even not visible ). Sometimes, people give arghya when sun in above the head. They'll just point to the east ...
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Story of Lord Shani's sibling Bhadrā (भद्रा )?

Yama, Yami (personification of the river Yamuna) and the Aśvinī Kumāra, are popularly referred as the siblings of Lord Śani (शनिदेव ) . What might be lesser known, are Bhadrā (भद्रा ) and, Tapatī (...
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Can a women take her head bath on Sunday at the end of her menstruation cycle?

According to scriptures one should not take head bath(hair wash) on Sunday One who forsakes on all Sundays, Woman oil bath, meat and drinks, Will never be sick nor sad nor poor. And would reach the ...
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What are the correct mantras while giving arghya to Surya?

I only chant om suryay namah but now I want to learn complete mantras while giving arghya to Surya and should we also chant the Gayatri mantra? As a Brahmana (Brahmin) what else should I do beside ...
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Do Vedas praise today minor gods as Brahman anywhere?

Vedas constantly praise Brahman with various names or superimposing attributes of brahman on various dieties. Like Sri rudram praises Rudra as Brahman,In such manner do they praise Agni,Varuna,Aditi,...
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What is the story of Svarbhanu, the asura responsible for eclipse?

There is an existing question that has reference to mention of Svarbhanu in Rig Veda. But I am more interested in related stories - be it from brahmanas, ithasas or puranas. Specifically, what was his ...
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why is shiva brahman? [duplicate]

Shaivites say because Sri rudram Describes shri rudra as having vishvarupa and being vishvishvar he is brahman,but nowhere does the text actually call Shiva as brahman,vishnu is omnipresent yet they ...
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Does the surya namaskara mantra declare surya as Brahman?

I can't find any text of this vedic mantra.where does it declare surya as supreme brahman?
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What was the role of Karna's kundal? [duplicate]

We all know that Karna was given a Kavach and kundal by his father Lord Sun. Kavach was for his protection. But what was the role of Kundal?
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Why is Ratha Saptami celebrated as per thithi - Moon's movement, whereas Makara Sankranti is being celebrated as per Sun's movement?

In this answer under this question, it was stated about the importance of Ratha Saptami, as follows: Magha sukla Paksha saptami is known as Ratha Saptami & is considered as the most auspicous ...
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How was Sun created as per Vedas? Anyway to reconcile the different creation accounts?

Different Vedas seem to make different claims about how the Sun was created: Breath of god Atharva Veda 19.27.7 “With vital breath the Gods produced the Sun whose face turn every way.” Eye of Brahma/...
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What do the seven horses of God Surya represent?

Are those horses related to Atharva Veda Book 19 Hymn 53? 1 Prolific, thousand-eyed, and undecaying, a horse with seven reins Time bears us onward. 2 This Time hath seven rolling wheels and seven ...
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How To Properly Do 108 Surya Namaskars per Hindu Scriptures

I was proud of myself for doing 108 Surya Namaskars for my Birthday couple of years back (took me about 50 minutes) Unfortunately it injured my right knee, and I had to stop. I really want to do 108 ...
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Cannot find source of this Surya Mantra. Can anyone help please?

A very soothing surya mantra was part of Sri Krishna series serial. A show based on 'Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran' glorifying Lord Krishna's immortal and eternal life. Don't know from where this mantra ...
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How many times Aditya Hridayam Stotra should be recited in one sitting?

It is written in Walmiki Ramayana that Lord Rama recited Aditya Hridayam Stotra thrice before attacking Ravana in battlefield. The time domain was Tretayuga and Rama was a very pious human being.So, ...
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What is the meaning of this verse 2:2:10 of Krishna Yajurveda?

Asavadityo na vy arocata tasmai devah, prayascittim aichan tasma etam. Somaraudram carum nir avapan tenaivasmin rucam adadhus (Krishna Yajurveda 2:2:10) What is the exact meaning of this shloka? ...
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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 [closed]

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-siddhanta ...
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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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