Surya Bhagavan - Konaraka


Surya Bhagavan - Konaraka





There is an MahaSamudram to the dakshina of Bharatavarsha. On the shores of this great Samudram there is a land named Ondra or Utkala (present Odisha). Utkala is populated by dharmatmaas and the brahmanams who live there are learned in the Vedas. They are very good brahmanas, learned in the Puranas and the shastras and skilled in the art of tyagams. In the land of Utkala, there is an image of the sun (Surya) known as Konaditya. The word aditya also means the sun, as does the word arka. Thus, Konaditya is the same as Konarka, a corruption of the latter word being Konaraka. The image of Konaditya is so wonderful that even if one drushtti at the pratimam, all one’s paapam are forgiven.

All around the temple there is sand. But nevertheless, many vruksham grow around the devasthanam. The best time to worship the Surya Bhagavan there is at the time of Suryodayam. One has to face the purvam and draw a lotus flower on the ground with red sandalwood. The lotus flower must have exactly eight petals. A copper vessel has to be placed at the centre of the flower and filled with paddy, sesamum, water, red, sandalwood, red flowers and sacred grass. One prays to Surya to descend on the lotus flower that has thus been drawn. If one worships Konaditya according to these prescribed rites, the sins of seven preceding generations are forgiven.

The twelve adityas are nothing but different forms of Surya. Their naamams are Indra, Dhata, Parjanya, Tvashta, Pusha, Aryama, Bhaga, Vivasvana, Vishnu, Amashumana, Varuna and Mitra.


As Indra, Surya makes naashanams of the enemies of the gods. As Dhata, he vrudis the living beings. As Parjanya, he showers down rain. As Tvashta, he lives in the vrukshams and herbs. As Pusha, he makes aah-dhanyas to grow. As Aryama, he is in the wind. As Bhaga, he is in the body of all living beings. As Vivasvana, he is in agni and helps to cook food. As Vishnu, he makes shatru naashanam of the devas. As Amshumana, he is again in the vaayu. As Varuna, Surya is in the jalam and as Mitra, he is in the soma and in the samudram.

In each maasam (month) of the varusham (year), it is a different aditya who shines, Indra shines in the month of Ashvina or Ashvayuja, Dhata in Kartika , Parjanya in Shravana, Tvashta in Phalguna, Pusha in Pousha, Aryama in Vaishakha, Bhaga in Magha, Vivasvana in Jyaishtha, Vishnu in Chaitra, Amshumana in Ashada, Varuna in Bhadra and Mitra in Agrahayana. 


Vishnu has twelve hundred kiranams (rays), Aryama one thousand and three hundred, Vivasvana seventy-two, Amshumana fifteen, Parjanya seventy-two, Varuna one thousand and three hundred, Tvashta one thousand and one hundred, Indra two thousand and two hundred, Dhata eleven hundred, Mitra one thousand and Pusha nine hundred. Apart from the naamams of the twelve adityas, Surya has twevle other naamams as well. These are Aditya, Savita, Surya, Mihira, Arka, Prabhakara, Martanda, Bhaskara, Bhanu, Chitrabhanu, Divakara and Ravi.

Brahma once recounted to the sages the one hundred and eight sacred names of Surya. The Brahma Purana lists these names and we reproduce them nine groups of twelve names each.
(1) Surya, Archana, Bhagavana, Tvashta, Pusha, Arka, Savita, Ravi, Gabhastimana, Aja, Kala, Mrityu.
(2) Dhata, Prabhakara, Prithivi, Jala, Teja, Akasha, Vayu, Parayana, Soma, Brihaspati, Shukra, Budha.
(3) Angaraka, Indra, Vivasvana, Diptamshu, Shuchi, Shouri,Shanaishvara, Brahma, Vishu, Rudra, Skanda, Vaishravana.
(4) Yama, Vaidyuta, Jathara, Agni, Aindhana, Tejohapti, Dharmadhvaja, Vedakarta, Vedanga, Vedavahana, Krita, Treta.
(5) Dvapara, Kali, Sarvasurashraya, Kala, Kashtha, Muhurta, Kshapa, Yama, Kshana, Samvatsara, Ashvattha, Kalachakra.
(6) Vibhavasu, Shashvata, Purusha, Yogi, Vyaktavyakta, Sanatana, Kaladhyaksha, Prajadhyaksha, Vishvakarma, Tamonuda, Varuna, Sagara.
(7) Amsha, Jimuta, Jivana, Ariha, Bhutashraya, Bhutapati, Sarvalokanamaskrita, Shrashta, Samvartaka, Vahni, Sarvadi, Alolupa.
(8) Anata, Kapila, Bhanu, Kamada, Sarvotamukha, Jaya, Vishala, Varada, Sarvabhutasevita, Mana, Suparna, Bhutadi.
(9) Shighraga, Pranadharana, Dhanvantari, Dhumaketu, Adideva, Aditinandana, Dvadashatma, Ravi, Daksha, Pita, Mata, Pitamaha.


OM NAMO NARAYANAYA

Comments

Famous posts of this blog

Maharshi Kashyapa, his wives and there children

Atithi Devo Bhava - Guest is God - Story of Kapota pakshis (Dove birds)

List of English words derived from Sanskrit | English words taken from Sanskrit

Fighting between Krishna and Shiva: Story of Vanasura (Banasura), Usha and Anirudhha

Yudham (War) between Suras (Gods) and Asuras (Demons)

Different names of Sri Krishna, Sri Hari, Lord Vishnu with the meaning | Lord Krishna names with meaning | Sri Krishna names with meaning | Different names of Sri Krishna

Prachetas and there wife Marisha

Bhakthi Story: Krishna killed Ekalavya, but why?