The thanks-giving ritual is very brief but is done thrice a day, namely, at sunrise, noon and sunset. These are considered traditional periods. The first water or Argya offering is ideally offered a bit before Sunrise. The second water offering is done when the Sun is overhead and the third one before the Sun sets. The Argya offering is generally followed with a short meditation using the powerful Gayatri mantra. The Gayatri mantra seeks the blessings of the Sun for a sharp intellect.
Idai-Kaattu (இடைக்காட்டு சித்தர்) Siddhar, a wise person, who lived a few thousand years ago, during the Sangam age, in Tamil Nadu, composed a witty verse on Arya offering. People can easily remember the idea timing for Argya offering. The following verse can be translated into "Without seeing, without tilting and while seeing! Take a dip, See it vanish! See it Vanish!". The verse is comical and cryptic but easy to
remember. The fact that a person who grazed cattle wrote a popular poem about Argya offering, attests to the popularity of giving thanks to the Sun even in the southern parts of the Indian subcontinent
காணாமல் கோணாமல் கண்டு கொடு!
ஆடுகாண் போகுது பார் போகுதுபார்.