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Turning around oneself in Sandhyavandhanam

From: Jagannathan Venkatanathan (
Date: Wed May 17 2000 - 05:30:24 PDT

Dear Members

Thanks to Sri Mani Varadarajan for replying to abhivadhanam question.
I have another sandhyavandhanam question.

Right after Arghya pradhanam we turn around ourself saying 
"Bhoor bhuva suvaha" and sprinkle water around ourself and 
then we say "Asavadithyo brahma".

I have also seen Shankarite adhvaithis turn around themself 
(comically, in front of a deity sometimes) probably with the (mis)conception 
that they themself are the absolute brahmam and their physical body is
circumambulating the absolute brahmam.

What is the significance of the turning-around-oneself part in 
sandhyavandhanam for Vaishnavas ?

Thank you

J. Venkatanathan

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