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Story of Dhanapala and Surya in the Brahma Kanda of Bhavishya Purana

Story of Dhanapala shows the importance devotion. He was an ardent devotee of Surya, the sun god. His story is found in the Brahma Kanda of Bhavishya Purana.

Dhanapala was a trader who lived in the city of Ayodhya. He built a temple dedicated to Surya in the city. He then appointed a scholar to read Puranas aloud in the temple. He also gave the scholar his wages for a year in advance.

After six months Dhanapala died. The piety acquired by him through his devotional acts made Lord Surya arrive in his chariot and carry Dhanapala to his palace.

Surya placed Dhanapala on his seat and paid respects to him.

Later Dhanapala attained Brahmaloka.

Symbolically, the story suggests that people who follow Dharma and perform devotional acts without considering its fruits will attain bliss here and in the next world.