You are here: Sri Vaishnava Home Page : Bhakti List : Archives : January 1998

Men-Women difference

From: Ramagopal Mudumbi (
Date: Mon Jan 26 1998 - 14:22:01 PST

Dear Bhagavathas:

 As Sri Srinivan said " since there has been an active discussion on the
status of women, I thought this was the best time for me to clear my lack
of knowledge, by putting forth this question." Recently  a friend of mine
asked me the reasons for keeping Thayyar on rightside of SRimaNNarayana in
the altar and Padmavathi Devi on the rightside of Sri Venkateswara.  After
marriage and after walking seven steps around Agnihotram, it is customary
for the bride to sit on left side of bridegroom and during Kalyanotsavam
etc. it is also (I think) it is customary for the wife to sit on left side
of the husband.  The reason by friend gave me was that the right hand needs
to be free for doing Achamanam, puja etc.  Could one of the learned members
of this group explain and clarify my ignorance.

Ramanuja Dasan