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Significance of Surya Arghya: Right way to offer water to Surya Dev

Wondering how to offer water to Surya Dev daily? In India, it is a common sight to see people offering Surya Arghya in the mornings. On my trip to Sydney last year, I was amazed to see few Indians offering Surya Arghya from the terrace of their apartment society every morning. This shows us how significant Surya Arghya is for Hindus. See below a stunning sculpture of Surya Dev at Sun Temple, Konark. [Read: Why Malayalis Light Nilavilakku and How to Light Deepam ] [Source: ] Curious to understand the scientific reason behind giving water to the Sun? In this blogpost, we will also explore the significance of Surya Arghya. [Subscribe to my weekly newsletter:] What Happens If We offer Water to Sun Daily? We know the scientific importance of the Sun and the benefits of basking in sunlight, which is now medically recoemmended as mandatory to overcome depression! According to the sacred texts in
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Be a Winner: Dare To Think Differently

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