Does pradakshina direction differ with each stage of life (ashrama)?

2018-03-05 19:53:26

I heard that a Bramhachari should do pradakshina (circumambulation) clockwise, a Gruhasthu anti-clockwise and a Sanyasi both clockwise and anti-clockwise not crossing the back of the murthi (deity). Is it true?

This answer says we should only do it clockwise so that God always falls to our right side!

Way of pradakshina remains the same in every stage of life in temples. We see many people touching backside of the temple and doing namaskara to it. It is wrong doing namaskar from front is only allowed and not from other sides.

But pradakshina in a Shiva temple is an exception. There is a special way of performing a pradakshina in a Shiva temple according to Shaivagamam.

As you asked in the question there are different ways of performing it for people in different ashramas of life.

A grihasthu should go clockwise upto the somasutra (place where the sacred water flows after performing the abhishekam and not cross it because crossing it is considered as a sin) and

  • Way of pradakshina remains the same in every stage of life in temples. We see many people touching backside of the temple and doing namaskara to it. It is wrong doing namaskar from front is only allowed and not from other sides.

    But pradakshina in a Shiva temple is an exception. There is a special way of performing a pradakshina in a Shiva temple according to Shaivagamam.

    As you asked in the question there are different ways of performing it for people in different ashramas of life.

    A grihasthu should go clockwise upto the somasutra (place where the sacred water flows after performing the abhishekam and not cross it because crossing it is considered as a sin) and coming back to chandeeshwara sthaanam in anti-clockwise direction.

    A brahmachari (an unmarried person) should do a complete revolution and can cross the somasutra. This is like the way you do in other temples.

    A sanyasi should do the pradakshina anti-clockwise upto the somasutra and come back to the chandeeshwara sthaan

    2018-03-05 21:05:21
  • Resp.all viewers, Regarding PRADKSHINA, OUR understanding is, we reach at temple, GOD is everywhere,but we prayed & founded there, now on every meet the soul desires to merged & unite to SHIV, AGNI is present, we go around our respctd keeping on our right side, reaching near GAUMUKH we realise our breath is continuing &we are alive, hence our some of the duties or expectation are left undone, & we return to the world to perform as per wish from SHIV, or our most admirable DEV.. that completes why do we do PRADKSHINA starting & returning back....Spiritual understanding, we owe to PP RESP. SHRI PANDURANG SHASHTRI...Pujya DADAJI

    2018-03-05 22:26:22