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Sun in The Religious Life and Lore of India

Muralidhar Mohanty (Author)

The Sun has been defined as a God and worshipped as an embodiment of natural and supernatural powers. The meaning of the Sun is brilliant, shining that has drawn the notice of mankind for adoration all over the world from very beginning of the human history. It has gained the position of pre-eminence over all the deities of the nature in the ancient times. The Sun constitute an essential feature of the religious and spiritual consciousness of the Indians through the history, such a worship in India has originated as early as neolithic period as in the other countries. From many points of the view and from every age and from every corner of earth, the worship of Sun in ancient India has been continuing from the time immemorials as there is a profound relationship between men and the life giving Sun who has played very prominent role in many vows and ritual thereby it has gained a lot of popularity among all sections of Indian Society.

The role played by the Sun in the religious life of the people of India through the ages has been embodied in this volume in a lucid manner with reference to the Vedas, Brahmanas, Upanisadas and Puranas. The various aspects of the Sun God have been described vividly in thirteen chapters. The book is undoubtedly an unrivalled literary masterpiece and eye opener for the scholars who must feel proud of their ancient culture.

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About the author

Muralidhar Mohanty

Shri Muralidhar Mohanty was born in a small village of Bhandaripokhari, Orissa in the year 1931. An avid reader of ancient literature and vedic culture during his school days he joined Department of Culture of Government of Orissa at an early age. The author had spend most of his life in the temple city of Bhubaneswar which is an intriguing amalgam of the old and the new, a place of fusion of traditional Indian art in its many temples and monuments. However the vedic culture that dominated the landscape of Orissa drew the author and prompted him to attempt this work on Visnu Cult. The subject is very close to his heart. A retired Government Servant, the author had dedicated his life in social service and environment issues since his retirement in 1989. His yet to be published works includes: 1. The Fire, 2. The Sun-worship, 3. The God of Rain & Thunder & 4. Origin and Development of Radhakrishna cult.

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Title Sun in The Religious Life and Lore of India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2006
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Punthi Pustak
Language: English
isbn 8186791604
length 238p., 16 B/W Illustrations;8.5 inch X 5.5 inch