Which direction should a prostrated body face while doing sashtanga pranam to a diety/guru?
My understanding was that the deity is in front of a devotee and while doing sashtanga pranam, the prostrated devotees hands are pointing towards the deity. However, I have noticed in the Shiva temples in Tiruvannamalai, devotees prostrate sideways. The position is such that the diety is looking at the prostrated devotees left side of the torso. I cannot provide a photo as photography was prohibited. What could be the significance of prostrating sideways?