Ādityatīrtha

(‘place of pilgrimage connec-ted with Āditya or Sun-god’)

Places of pilgrimage have always played a very important part in the life of a devout Hindu. Endowed with natural beauty and conducive to peace and blessed-ness these places have been attracting millions of pious pilgrims since millennia.

Ādityatīrtha is one of the less known places of pilgrimage mentioned in some of the Hindu scriptures (vide Śalyaparva, ch. 49 of Mahābhārata). Situated on the bank of the now invisible Sarasvatī river, the place got its name on account of its association with Āditya (Sun) who performed a sacrifice there and obtained lordship over all bright objects. It was here that Lord Viṣṇu killed the demons Madhu and Kaiṭabha.

Again it was in this sacred place that great sages like Vyāsa, Kṛṣṇa and Śuka performed austerities and gained perfection.

The Padmapurāṇa locates it at the confluence of the river Sābhramatī with the sea.

See also TĪRTHAS.