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[sv-rituals] re-request on pradakshinams

From: Naresh Ramarajan (ramaraj_at_fas.harvard.edu)
Date: Mon Apr 29 2002 - 12:41:05 PDT

Namaskarams,

I posted the following message about 10 days ago. I am still very
interested in recieving an answer if possible from learned members. Sorry
for pestering, but i am trying to convince several people that
pradakshinam has some theological and perhaps scientific meaning and is
not simply "superstition" or mooda nambikkai

thanks,

Naresh

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Naresh Ramarajan , Leverett F-78, 3-2747
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Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 14:16:25 -0400 (EDT)
From: Naresh Ramarajan <ramaraj@fas.harvard.edu>
Reply-To: sv-rituals@yahoogroups.com
To: sv-rituals@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [sv-rituals] pradakshinams and numbers

NamaskAram,

Can someone please explain the significance of pradakshinams or
circumambulations around the moola murthi in a temple. More importantly,
is there any theological reasoning behind the numbers of pradakshinams
(some groups even numbers, some groups odd numbers, 108,1008 etc.) or is
that just based on habit and imitating what our ancestors did for some
reason?

someone once explained to me that the circumambulation is a mirroring of
the earth's revolving around the sun in a clockwise direction, but i'd
like some references/other explanations if possible.

adiyen,
Naresh Ramarajan.




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