Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Thu Jan 19 22:17:46 CST 2006
On Thu, 19 Jan 2006, savithri devaraj wrote:
> Our balavihar class this past Sunday was all about
> Sun, uttarAyana, Sankranthi, etc.
Don't know if you covered this in your class but I thought I'd mention it;
Makarasankranti is referred to, in Gujarati atleast, as uttarayana but the
true astronomical uttarayana i.e. winter solstice is on December 21st. Makara
sankranti is when the sun enters Capricorn a month later.
> A question came up
> as we were discussing the names of Sun god - What is
> the story behind Sun being called Aditya?
> All I know is that Aditi and Sage Kasyapa were parents
> to all life forms including the 12 adityas. I believe
> there must be more details to this either in the vedas
> or the purANas. I appreciate any help.
The Vedic Devas are sometimes ennumerated as 33. 12 Adityas, 11 Rudras, 8
Vasus, and 2 Ashvinas. Of these 12 Adityas, Vivasvata or Surya is the
eldest and hence specially deserves the name Aditya.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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