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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 story of surya's wives?

I know Surya is associated with Sanjana and Chayya but I have known so many variations of the story from local books. So I want to know what is the story of Surya's wife from scriptures, are ...
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Why is Lord Surya also called Suryanarayana?

Narayana (Nara+Aayna) is the one who rests on water. But why is this Narayana, epithet of Lord Vishnu, used as suffix for Lord Surya, the Sun God? Is there any story behind this name?
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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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Why was Surya killed by Lord Shiva?

I heard of an incident in which Suryadev was once killed by Lord Shiva. Can somebody explain to me what is this incident and what Surya's mistake was? And also, please let me know how he became alive ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the use of chanting Aditya Hridayam?

How to chant Aditya Hrudayam? How does it help in life? What is the story behind this?
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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 origin of twelve Surya namaskar mantra?

I know that there are 12 Surya namaskar mantra that are also described in question here Correct way of Surya namaskar?. But I want to know what is the origin of Surya namskar mantra? Which scripture ...
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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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What does Samaveda verse 1.6.1.4.5 mean?

Sāmaveda 1.6.1.4.5 (the 527th verse of the Sāmaveda) reads: सोमः पवते जनिता मतीनां जनिता दिवो जनिता पृथिव्याः । जनिताग्नेर्जनिता सूर्यस्य जनितेन्द्रस्य जनितोत विष्णोः ।। sōmaḥ pavate janitā ...
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Did our ancestors calculate the distance between Prithvi (Earth) and Surya (Sun) correctly?

In Hanuman Chalisa, it is said: जुग सहस्र जोजन पर भानू। लील्यो ताहि मधुर फल जानू॥ १८ ॥ meaning: The Sun is at thousand yojanas(a unit of measurement of distance), and thought of it as a sweet ...
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Why is Karna special in Mahabharata?

Like the 5 pandavas, Karna is also a son of deva. But he is mentioned as having more qualities than any single Pandava or even as having all the qualities of 5 Pandavas. So the question is : What ...
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What is Ratha Saptami?

What is Ratha Saptami? Is there any reference in our scriptures regarding its celebrations. What is the significance keeping the Arka patram (Calotropis Gigantea i.e Erukku leaves)on the head while ...
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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 a very ancient tradition of Hinduism. We can find its origins in our Vedas. Lots of mantras are there about Surya Deva or ...
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Why did Hanumana want to eat the sun?

I want to know why Hanumana wanted to the eat sun ? I've heard one story from our Gujrati loksahitya kalakar(Artist) by the name Ishardan Gadhvi in his program that Hanumana's mother got curse that ...
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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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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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Where is the mention of Surya Loka(सूर्य लोकं) in Hinduism?

One of the famous stotras for Lord Surya in Hinduism is श्रीसूर्याष्टकम् (Surya ashtakam). In the last line of this सूर्याष्टकम्, there is a mention of Surya Loka. स्त्रीतैलमधुमांसानि ये त्यजन्ति ...
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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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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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Why Revantha the youngest Son of Sun god went to Vishnu's abode?

Why "Revantha" the youngest son of Sun god went to Vishnu's abode?
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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, ...
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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 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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