Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Why do we do pradakshina?

~~Koustubam Neela

Whenever, Hindus visit a temple, one can observe that they circumambulate the idol in a clockwise direction. This is a regular practice which is being done since innumerable years. Have you ever given a thought that why is this done?

Nowadays the main purpose behind visiting a temple is only when one doesn’t get something that he/she desires; be it a job, good health, a spouse, fame, well being of children like their education etc. To put in a nut shell materialistic desires. Other wise nobody has the time to go to a temple. Life has become so fast and the present generation has become very practical. It is only few days before the results that one can see students visiting a temple!

And the prayers are also performed in a give and take manner. For example, “God please help me pass this exam and I will donate 101 coconuts and money” That’s the way people pray nowadays. Even God is no exception to the give and take policy of the people.

Coming back to the topic, let us know why we circumambulate God’s idol in a temple.

We cannot draw a circle without a center point. The Lord is the center, source and essence of our lives. Recognizing Him as the focal point in our lives, we go about doing our daily chores. This is the significance of pradakshina.

Also every point on the circumference of a circle is equidistant from the center. This means that wherever or whoever we may be, we are equally close to the Lord. His grace flows towards us without partiality. God does not see how rich or how poor we are, how famous or infamous we are, so on and so forth.
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