[Advaita-l] Sun Worship

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 9 09:22:08 CST 2011

Namaste Satish,

Dhanyavadaha. Why Samba did not go to South India but to Iran to get
Saura Archakas? Probably  South Indian Sauras were deeper in Tantric
worship than Vedic? I saw some Surya Yantras in Google Images for

On Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 10:38 AM, Satish Arigela <satisharigela at yahoo.com> wrote:
> This is copy paste of an article by someone I know closely.
> --------------------------------------------------------------
> In bR^ihatsamhita 60.19 varAhamihira states that sUrya should be worshipped by
> installing idols of his and they should be worshipped by specialized priests
> called magAchAryas. This is corroborated by the bhavishya purANa chapter 139
> that narrates the following tale (a critical reconstruction of it):
> kR^ishNa, the hero of the yadus married jAMbavati, the daughter of the bear-king
> jAmbavAn. Their son was the valiant sAmba. He went to the banks of the river
> chandrabhAga and constructed temple in the honor of sUrya. No local brAhmaNa
> knew of the mysteries of his worship and hence could not take up priesthood at
> the temple. So sAMba sought help of gauramukha, the adviser of the yadu chief,
> ugrasena. gauramukha asked him to go to shakadvipa and obtain a special class of
> priests called magAchAryas to worship sUrya. saMba said:" pray, tell me Oh
> brAhmaNa what are the antecedents of these worshippers of the sun. gauramukha
> narrated: "The first of the brahmins amidst the shakhas was called sujihva. He
> founded a gotra termed the mihira gotra. He had a daughter of the name
> nikShubhA. sUrya was enamoured by her and impregnated her. Thus she gave birth
> to jarashabda who was the founding father of all the magachAryas. They are
> distinguished by the sacred girdle called the avyanga that they wear around
> their waist". saMba there upon called on kR^ishNa to send him garuDa and flying
> on his back he landed in shaka dvIpa. He collected the magAchAryas, brought them
> back to bhArata and installed them as priests of his sUrya temple.
> The Idol of sUrya should be constructed thusly: He should have a human form with
> a solar corona placed behind him. He should be on a chariot with the horses
> standing for the seven solar rays. He should hold a discus and trident in two
> arms, and lotuses in the other two. His feet should be covered by boots upto the
> knees. His waist should bear the avyanga.



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