Temples of the Sun and the Planets in India. Astrology and Sacred Sites: temples related to astrology and the planets in astrogeography.
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Temples of the Sun and the Planets in India
There are a number of different priorities that Temples of the Sun can stand for:
- the Sun as the center of our solar system and the source of light (Leo) and life (Cancer, Leo) for all beings on earth.
- the Sun as a representative of heaven (Aquarius)
- the Sun as the source of strength and power (Aries)
- the Sun as a symbol (Gemini), emblem (Gemini), ornament (Sagittarius) of royalty (Leo) or royal state cult (Capricorn)
- the Sun as the source of all cycles of time (Sagittarius) or the signs before or after the solstices (Gemini, Cancer or Sagittarius, Capricorn)
- the Sun as an emblem of magnificence (Leo), dominance (Leo, Scorpio) or highest luxury (Leo, Sagittarius)
- the Sun as a stimulator of activity (Aries), sexuality (Leo), self-centeredness (Leo)
- the Sun as a representative of the spirituality (Pisces) of light or light healing (Leo)
Konark Sun Temple in Orissa
The Sun Temple of Konark in Orissa is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most elaborate and fascinating temple buildings in India. It`s construction dates back to the 13th century. The remains of the temple complex has the appearance of a 100-foot (30 m) high chariot with immense wheels and horses, all carved from stone
The temple was built as a place of worship for the Sun God Surya. As in the case of the Navagraha Temples its astrogeographic position has no direct resonance with the sign of rulership – neither in tropical nor in sidereal astrology – of the planetary god worshiped here. This indicates that these temples are not built to directly worship the astrological planetary factor reflected by the names of the planets. At least The western half of the temple area that houses the main shrine is located in Aries the sign of exaltation of the Sun.
Astrogeographical position for morphogenetic field level 4 which describes the energetical topics of the temple itself: the construction ground is located in highly imaginative, relaxing, spiritual water sign Pisces the sign of dreaming, allowance, letting go, the unconscious, mystification, opens spaces, music, meditation and most important indicator for temples worldwide. The 2nd coordinate lies in between highly dynamic, alert, male fire sign Aries sign of ignition, warfare, the warrior caste (Kshatriya), mobilization, sports and an indication of temples dedicated to seeking support for the start of activities and highly profitable, female earth sign Taurus sign of the earth, grounding, growing roots, market places, agriculture, wealth and local energetic centers.
Martand Sun Temple in Kashmir
Martand Surya Temple is an 8th century temple in Anantnag, Kashmir. The central temple with the shrine for the Sun God was surrounded by 84 smaller shrines.
Martanda is the eighth and last of the early Vedic solar deities called Adityas who were born to the goddess Aditi the personification of the infinite. According to Book 10, Hymn 72 of the Rigveda the first and oldest of the 4 Vedas Martand was rejected by his mother and sent to back to the circle of reincarnation:
“Eight are the Sons of Aditi who from her body sprang to life. With seven she went to meet the Gods she cast Martanda far away. So with her Seven Sons Aditi went forth to meet the earlier age. She brought Martanda thitherward to spring to life and die again.”
Astrogeographical position for morphogenetic field level 4 which describes the energetical topics of the temple itself: the site is located in highly dynamic fire sign Sagittarius sign of the priest castes, shamanism, style, design, fashion, ornamentation, luxury, thinking, philosophy, success, fire rituals and cremation.
The 2nd coordinate is right on the cardinal divide in between self-protective earth sign Virgo sign of celibacy, monk-hood, yoga-culture, self-cleaning reason, health, medicine, doctors and a frequent aspect of Hindu temples visited for worship dedicated to seeking healing of oneself and family members and service-orientated, aristocratic air sign Libra sign of openness, harmony, balance, beauty, angels, decoration and courtly culture.
Modhera Sun Temple in Gujarat
The Sun Temple at Modhera in Gujarat is assumed to have been completed after 1026-27 CE during the reign of Bhima I of the Chaulukya dynasty. The temple is built on 23.6° latitude (approximately near Tropic of Cancer).
Astrogeographical position for morphogenetic field level 4 which describes the energetical topics of the temple itself: the Sun Temple at Modhera has one coordinate located in creative, innovative air sign Aquarius the sign of the sky, heaven, paradise, abstraction, self-finding, inspiration, rain, emancipation , re-connection with the fuller potentials of humans.
The 2nd coordinate is located in practical air sign Gemini the sign of intelligence, learning, schools, information, communication, sign posts, language and practical magic.
It may be examined in how far temples located in Gemini often have a symbolical function to remind or teach society of particular events in political history or even to attempt, develop, present and teach faculties of stone-masonry, construction work, the handling of symbolism and language and to pass on information about mythology, spirituality, religion, psychology or other issues of learning.