[Advaita-l] sandhya vandanam
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Thu Apr 15 22:37:21 CDT 2010
On Tue, 13 Apr 2010, narayan iyer wrote:
> Why do we give argya-pradhaanam to the planets (angaaraka, budha,
> bruhuspathy, sukra and sani)?
Together with ravi and soma, they are also the presiding deities of the
days of the week. So together they represent time and space. During the
nitya tarpana (not sandhyavandana unless you are following a different
procedure than I am) we give arghya to the divinities representing all the
parts of the universe, living and non-living, moving and still.
> Are these planets mentioned anywhere in the vedas?
Well for instance ChhandogyopaniShad 8.13.1 says
...chandra iva rAhormukhAtpramuchya dhUtvA sharIramakR^itam...
"...as the moon frees itself from the mouth of rAhu I cast off the
which illustrates the basic model of the universe according to classical
jyotISha goes back to the vedas.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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