Āditya-darśana

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Aditya-darsana, Aditya-darZana, AAditya-darshana


Āditya-darśana literally means ‘seeing the sun’.

A person has to undergo certain sanskāras or sacraments - religious rites conducive to inner evolution at various stages of his life. The dharmaśāstras list them as sixteen; hence the name ‘sodaśa- sanskāras’ (ṣodaśa = 16).

One such ṣanskāra is called as ‘niṣkramana’ (‘going out’). It consists of taking the baby outside the lying-in chamber for the first time, to see the sun. This is called as ‘āditya-darśana.’

References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore