āditya-darśana

(‘seeing the sun’)

Every Hindu has to undergo certain saṁskāras or sacraments—religious rites conducive to inner evolution—at various stages of his life. The dharmaśāstras list them as sixteen; hence the name ‘ṣodaśa-saṁskāras’ (ṣodaśa 16). One such ṣaṁskāra called ‘niṣkramaṇa’ (lit., ‘going out’) consists of taking the baby outside the lying-in chamber for the first time, to see the sun. This is ‘āditya-darśana.’ For details see NIṢKRAMAṆA.

See also SAṀSKĀRAS and ṢODAŚA-SAṀSKĀRAS.