Sun God Surya exemplifies blend of spiritual, mental and physical health hallmark of Hinduism.
Words: Madhuri. Y
Worshipping Surya endows physical and mental health, intelligence, long life, prosperity, confidence and fame.
It also guides one towards spiritual pursuits. Each mantra used in worship has significance of its own.
Aditya Hridaya Mantra
Surya son of sage Kashyapa and his wife Aditi is also known as Aditya.
When Lord Rama felt fatigued fighting Ravana, sage Agastya gave powerful Aditya Hridaya mantra for Rama to recite.
Rama recited it three times before taking on Ravana with renewed vigour and defeating him.
Gayatri mantra is a prayer to the presiding deity of the sun, known as Savita or Gayatri.
It was traditionally shared by father with son during the latter’s upanayanam (thread ceremony).
Men and women recite the mantra today which calms the mind, enhances concentration and leads to good health.
Surya ashtakam originated from Lord Shiva and is believed to bring wealth and fame in addition to blessing with children who have none.
While narrating how King Yudhishthira prayed to Surya, sage Vaisampayana recites the Surya sahasranama to King Janamejaya. It comprises the 1008 names of the Sun god. Reciting these names at sunrise brings patience, memory, energy and prosperity. It also protects one from grief and danger.