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Beliefs related to Surya
Abodes of Surya
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Surya is portrayed with two lotuses held in both his hand, and is occasionally shown with the hood of the mythical serpent Adi Sesha spread over his head. At the base of his image are shown his gatekeepers Pingala (Agni) and Danda (Skanda). Surya is portrayed riding a seven horse chariot driven by Aruna or Anoora. Aruna (a charioteer devoid of legs) is said to be the son of Kasyapa muni and Vinata and brother of Garuda.

The Indian system of beliefs regards sunlight as the greatest of disinfectants, hence the sun is associated with healing power.

Legend has it that Samba the son of Krishna was cured of leprosy by his worship of the sun god. It is still believed by many that sun worship offered at several of the sun temples all over India, is a cure for leprosy and other skin ailments, blindness and infertility.

The Vedas refer to sun worship. Vishnu is also described as being seated in the midst of the disk of the sun; over time Vishnu worship merged with sun worship (in some instances), and Surya is also referred to as Suryanarayana.

Interestingly, Buddhism refers to Marichi as an incarnation of Dhyan-Buddha-Vairochana, and is depicted with three faces symbolic of morning, noon and evening, on a chariot drawn by seven boars, driven by a Goddes without legs.


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