Lord Surya symbolizes the Sun God. He is also known as Surya Narayana. Surya forms the major God of the Navgraha (nine planets). Surya is the lord of excellence and wisdom. Lord Surya is the visible form of God that can be seen from the light we all receive each day from the Sun.
The celestial body, Surya (the sun) is visible in the sky. Surya is depicted as a red man with three eyes and four arms, riding in a one wheeled chariot pulled by seven horses.
It is believed that Surya has been worshipped since ages to receive the kind blessings of God. A simple namaskaar (folding hands) to the lord makes him happy. Offering water to the God is too considered to receive the mercy. Surya is believed to be a generous deity capable of curing sick people. It is also proved in Science that sunlight is a rich source of Vitamin-D.
The Gayatri Mantra and the Aditya Hridayam are both prayers associated with Surya. The Aditya Hridayam was originally recited by the Sage Agatsya to Rama on the battlefield before the fight with Ravana.
The symbol of Lord Surya, which is a depiction of a sun, is regarded as one of the auspicious signs of the Hinduism. This symbol is usually placed over the main door to one’s home to bring forth good luck.