Arka- the Sun/Calotropis Gigantea

balakrishnan raju balakrishnanraju at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 11 08:42:40 UTC 2000

Dear Indology Members,
Bhagavad Purana mentions 'arka' to be 'belonging to or relating to Sun' and
for that reason Karna is called 'arki'.Varaha-mihira's Brihajjataka explains
'arka' as 'coming from the plant Calotropis Gigantea (erukku/erukkalai in
Could any one kindly clarify as to whether there is any occurance of term
arka in association with either the Sun or Calotropis Gigantea in Vedic

Thanking You all



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