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[sv-rituals] On prostrating inside a temple/garbhagriha

From: elayavalli (
Date: Mon Apr 22 2002 - 16:01:16 PDT

SrimathE Ramanujaya Namaha:
AzhwAr emperumAnAr jeeyar thiruvadigalE Saranam
Appan thiruvadigalE Saranam

Dear bhagavathas,

I was told by my father that the reason for not prostrating inside a 
temple garbhagriha and other sannithis is becasue of the the temple 
constrctiion. Usually, if you visit any temple, you will notice that 
the sannithi of Ciriya thiruvadi is facing Perumal. So when 
prostrating in front of Perumal puts the leg towards the shrine of 
Ciriya thiruvadi, hence causing dis-respect. In some temples, you 
will find the idols of Azhwars facing Perumal, which is also a 
problem when prostrating infront of the sannidhi. it ammounts to 
disrespect to AzhwArs which is worse.

Hecne the elders recommend prostrating in front of the dwajasthambam. 
Also, when walking out of a shrine, you should always walk out facing 
the shrine (do not trun your back towards Perumal). 


Venkatesh Elayavilli

--- In sv-rituals@y..., "Aravinda K." <aravin_k@y...> wrote:
> srImaTE rAmAnujAya namah!
> dear bhagavathas, 
> let me introduce myself as Aravinda hailing from the
> village Tirumazhisai near chennai india, the place
> associated with Azhwar of the same name. i stay in
> bangalore. in all the srivaishnavite temples i have
> visited in south india, the practice is to prostrate
> at dwajasthambam only. here in bangalore too the
> priests continue to  request bhakthas not to do
> 'namaskaram' in front of the garbhagriha. still some
> people -may be carried away by their devotion- do so.
> why is it not correct to do namaskaram at places
> beyond dwajasthambam? can any one explain?what is the 
> significance?-Aravinda
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