The Sun as God

The first verse of the Gayatri mantra invites meditation on the sun god. Karna worshiped this personality, and it is said that he was the worshipful deity in the home of Nanda Maharaja, the foster father of the Lord. This is text 30 of the eleventh chapter, twelfth canto, of Srimad Bhagavatam: “The sun-god, being nondifferent from Lord Hari, is one soul of all the worlds and their original creator. He is the source of all the ritualistic activities prescribed in the Vedas and has been given many names by the Vedic sages.” There are also references to God appearing as the sun-god in Srimad Bhagavatam 12.6.67, 12.11.31 and 12.11.32.