The following points are the Do's and Don't inside the Temple :
- Dwaja stamba in temples are the places where you should prostrate before entering temples. Near dwaja stambha you are supposed to leave all your bad doshas , attitudes or karmas and purify yourself before entering inside the temple. When you enter inside, you become one with the god or godess with your prayers and the transmutation of energy takes place .
- Dwaja Stambha which also symbolises the spine or Back-Bone. Near the Dwaja Stambha in case of South Indian temples is the Bali Peetam. Rice and other anointments are offered here by the priests, who then progress to all other presiding deities around the temple and subsequently to the main deity.The significance of Garuda in the Dwaja Stambha is, that he is waiting eagerly to guide us to the lord.Garuda also removes any sarpa doshas in the body.
- If you have Navgrahas inside the temple, you have to do pradakshina and oferings and then enter the temple. In most of the temples there are rules put that you can not prostrate inside the temple complex. You have to do namaskaram near the dwajastambha and then enter the inside of the temple
- The temple complex is a sacred place where you can access the divine energy according to ones requirement. You can see Bhairavar at the entrance in some temples.He is the guardian of the temple. You have to take permission and then enter inside the temple. Like wise if Ganapathy is there at the entrance then you have to prostrate and then enter inside. If Hanuman or Garudan is in the entrance prostrate there and near dwajastambha prostration is done before entering inside the temple. All these dieties are placed according to the temples rules and regulation and there practices.
- The number of prostrations also varies and depends on the main deity or custom of the temple architecture. Before visiting the main deity (moolavar) inside generally pradakshina is done with number varying from 1,3 5,etc. The broad significance of pradakshina in a clock wise direction is: By doing the pradakshina main diety is always in the center and we maintain equidistant from the center. The energy and grace which enters inside the human soul is immeasurable. When you do pradakshina you are faithfully and sincerly winding divinity around you. We are supposed to do the pradakshina of desired numbers and then enter inside to be with main deity. Ofcourse all this is not possible in a temple like Tirupathi or in other crowded temples. In such case one has to be satisfied by doing atma pradakshina.
In case of Sivan Temple / sanadhi :
- First you pray to nandi that is Rishabam.Rule number one before going inside the Shiva temple you should offer prayers to Nandi and chant Shiva mantra in Nandis (Rishabams) ear Right or left ear. The choice is yours.Suppose as you are telling that you want to chant in right ear of nandi that is on the other side then , you must go from the Back side of Nandi only .Then touch Nandis feet and then pray in his ears and come back from back side of nandi only.Generally you should not stand in between Nandi and Shiva lingam And pray. You can see Shiva lingam in between Nandis horn . Again Kindly Note You are not supposed to stand in front of nandi and pray to Shiva.
- Chandishwarar sanadhi in many temples on the way to Gomuki you can find the Idol. This is the place where you clap your hands .The Significance of clapping hands in front of Chandishwarar is , you announce your presence by clapping and Lord Chandishwarar will acknowledge your presence in the temple
- Gomuki is the place where abhishekkam water comes out from Shiva lingam. After Praying to Chandishwarar you proceed towards the Gomuki .After praying near Gomuki you retrace your path and come back near Nandi .Note when You are praying near Gomuki you are not supposed to cross the Gomuki. In some old temples of Tamil Nadu they have constructed a wall so that you can not go beyond gomuki.
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