2007

The Sun God (Surya Deva)

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Organizer: Sagnik Club

Theme:The Sun God (Surya Deva)

Here I have worked with various symbols representing different aspects of Sun god such as horses, mirror etc. Surya deva is one of the primary deity since Rig-veda, prevalent in Hindu, Jaina and Buddhist traditions. In the Saura tradition found in states such as Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Odisha Surya deva has been worshipped as Saguna Brahma. Brahma is the Absolute, Ultimate principle of creation in Hinduism, Saguna means Absolute with certain attributes or qualities. In Smarta tradition however Suryahas been worshipped as Nirguna Brahman, Absolute without any qualities. These two conceptions of Absolute has been opposed to each other in history of Hinduism, often fought fiercely with each other. This fight is rich source of both philosophy and practicing religion in Indian subcontinent. As Bhakti movement in mediaval India germinated mainly from Saguna Brahman.