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I was once said by an elderly man that we should not touch the backside of a temple while doing pradakshina because ghosts and rakshasas live there and touching that part will wake them. Supporting this claim we also have a shloka/mantra.

उत्तिष्ठन्तु भूतपिशाचा येते भूमि भारका |
येतेष्टामविरोधेन ब्रह्म कर्म समारभे ||

uttiṣṭaṃtu bhūtapiśācā yete bhūmi bhārakā |
yeteṣṭāmavirodhena brahma karma samārabhe ||

Which randomly means asking the ghosts, rakshasas to vacate the place as we are starting a brahma karma(auspicious deed).

The above mantra is chanted before starting any pooja.

  • Do ghosts and rakshasas live behind the deity in the temple?
  • Do they live in our homes?

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  • Well who knows, ghosts could be anywhere. People with strong subtle vision can see them. – Chinmay Sarupria Jan 21 '17 at 9:28
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    There is also a shloka in puja vidhi asking about departure of Rakshasa (Bad elements , impure things or thoughts) and coming of Gods, , which is similar, although it's not related to question but similar.-आगमार्थं तु देवानां गमनार्थं तु रक्षसाम् । देवतापूजनार्थाय घण्टानादं करोम्यहम् ॥ – SwiftPushkar Jan 21 '17 at 11:15
  • @SwiftPushkar That's the Ghanta Puja mantra..when we first ring the bell during Puja its usually recited alongwith.. – Rickross Jan 21 '17 at 14:30
  • @Rickross - Yes :-) – SwiftPushkar Jan 22 '17 at 3:49

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