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Vedic[ edit ] Surya means Sun in Indic literature. Sunrise in UttarakhandIndia The oldest surviving Vedic hymns, such as the hymn 1. In some hymns, the word Surya simply means sun as an inanimate object, a stone or a gem in the sky Rigvedic hymns 5.
He is then interiorized to be the eye as ancient Hindu sages suggested abandonment of external rituals to gods in favor of internal reflections and meditation of gods within, in one's journey to realize the Atman soul, self within, in texts such as the Brihadaranyaka UpanishadChandogya UpanishadKaushitaki Upanishad and others.
Baby Karna is found and adopted by a charioteer but he grows up to become a great warrior and one of the central characters in the great battle of Kurukshetra where he fights his half brothers. Buddhist[ edit ] Surya in the Buddhist Bodh Gaya relief right, middle.
Surya is celebrated as a deity in Buddhist artwork, such as the ancient works attributed to Ashoka. He appears in a relief at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya, riding in a chariot pulled by four horses, with Usha and Prattyusha on his sides.
The features and mythologies of Surya share resemblances with Hvare-khshaeta of pre-Islam Persia, and the Helios - Sol deity in the Greek-Roman culture. The iconography of Surya in Hinduism varies with its texts.
He is typically shown as a resplendent standing person holding lotus flower in both his hands, riding a chariot pulled by one or more horses typically seven. In contrast, the Vishnudharmottara, another Hindu text on architecture, states Surya iconography should show him with four hands, with flowers in two hands, a staff in third, and in fourth he should be shown to be holding writing equipment Kundi palm leaf and pen symbolizing knowledge.
The goddesses are shown to be shooting arrows, a symbolism for their initiative to challenge darkness. In some ancient arts, particularly from the early centuries of the common era, his iconography is similar to those found in Persia and Greece suggesting likely adoption of Greek, Iranian and Scythian influences.
Thus, Savitr refers to one that rises and sets, Aditya means one with splendor, Mitra refers to Sun as "the great luminous friend of all mankind",  while Pushan refers to Sun as illuminator that helped the Devas win over Asuras who use darkness.
Another 10th-century sun temple ruin is in BahraichUttar Pradesh named Balarka Surya Mandir, which was destroyed in the 14th century during the Turkish invasions. These vary in their data, suggesting that the text were open and revised over their lives.
How many days in a year? Hindu text Estimated length of the sidereal year  Surya Siddhanta days, 6 hours, 12 minutes, Surya is part of the Navagraha in Hindu zodiac system.
The Hindu astrology based on Sun and planets likely developed in the centuries Before the arrival of Greek astrology with Alexander the Great   their zodiac signs being nearly identical. More common than Surya temples are artwork related to Surya, which are found in all types of temples of various traditions within Hinduism, such as the Hindu temples related to Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesha and Shakti.
The 11th-century Vaishnava temple at Kadwaha in Madhya Pradesh, for example, features a Surya artwork along with many other gods and goddesses at its doorway. There are sun temples in many parts of India, such as ModheraGujarat.
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