In Hindu temples we can see that many people does Dandvat Pranam.

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Why it is consider as more important than normal namaskara mudra ?


So Krisna worship, mad-yaji, worshiping Krisna... Krisna says, "Worship Me." What is that? Mam namaskuru.

If you simply come in this temple and offer little obeisances, dandavat... Danda, danda means "rod"; vat means "like."

Just like one stick falls straight on the ground, similarly, if we fall straight before the Deity, that is called dandavat, "like the stick."

Dandavat-pranama. Prakrsta-rupena namrata. Namrata is required. Jnane prayasam udapasya namanta eva. Namanta. Be submissive. So this dandavat is the symbolic presentation of submission.

And Krisna wants that sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja [Bg. 18.66], submission. The bhakti process is simply submission. So mad-yajino 'pi yanti mam [Bg. 9.25].

Those who have not studied Vedic literatures. The temples are installed for this(Dandavat-pranama) purpose. If somebody comes, simply offers his obeisances before the Deity or before the spiritual master simply by doing that(Dandavat-pranama), he will become perfect.

Source: Prabhupadavani


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