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Re: Some questions regarding some of our customs ...

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Thu Oct 14 1999 - 15:02:01 PDT

Dear BhakthAs : Srimathi PraveeNA Anand is
right , when she says the prostration should be 
done at the Dhvajasthambham .There are records of 
AchArya RaamAnujA offering his DhaNdavath praNAmam at 
the dhvaja sthambham of ThiruveLLarai PerumAl Koil 
and then once again at Bali Peetam (before Garudan Sannidhi)
prior to entering PerumAL's garbha graham . 

I am delighted to read about the responses from 
BhakthAs about PradhakshiNam .Srimans Mani Varadarajan 
and M.G.VaasudEvan have provided an excellent analysis 
on the subject .PradakshiNam is a Vedic word ( Rg Vedam )
and I will comment on it in a separate posting .

>AdiyEn would just like to add the following point to this discussion.
>In the Varaha puranam it is mentioned that one should not
>prostrate in between the sanctum. There are several deities around
>the temple. When we prostrate in specific sannidhi's we might
>extend our feet towards the other deities. This leads to Bagavad
>apacharam and hence has to be certainly avoided. In fact this is one
>of the 32 Bagavad apacharams mentioned in Varaha puranam.
>Dvajhastambam is hence constructed with the view in mind that
>when we prostrate at the dvajhastambam we do not end up doing
>apacharam to other deities.
>Acharyan ThiruvadigalE saranam
>Praveena nAmni rAmAnuja dAsi