June Solstice, 2017

Each year is divided into two halves, known as ayana. Uttarayana begins on the day of the (winter or summer) solstice, normally December 21, when the sun begins its apparent northward journey. Dakshinayana begins on the first day of the (summer or winter) solstice, normally June 21, marking the sun’s southward movement. (Which solstice – summer or winter – depends if one lives above or below the Earth’s equator!)

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108 Names of the Sun: Surya Ashtottara Shatanamavali #40



Om Rjusvabhavavittaya Namaha, Salutations to the One who is renowned for his upright nature. The essential character of the Sun is incorruptible; in performing its duty as Star of this solar system, and its duty as graha, seizing, grasping, the Sun sheds its light, heat and energy upon all, equally. This is the dharma, the swabhava of the Sun.

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