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By Swami Harshananda


This is an upapurāṇa (minor or secondary purāṇa) belonging to the Saura group (devoted to Sun-worship). It might have been composed during the period A.D. 500-800.

Sāmba was the son of Kṛṣṇa from his wife Jāmbavatī. He is said to have established a temple for Surya or Sun-god at the city Sāmbapura built by him. He brought eighteen families of Magi priests from Śākadvīpa and handed over the regular worship of Surya to them.

This work contains many interesting stories. Other details dealt with are: creation; the solar system; eclipses; geography of the earth; description of the deity Surya and his attendants; on images of these deities; some details about yoga; on mantras and their use; customs and manners; certain rites and rituals; results of actions.


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