I have been going to Shivalayam (Shiva temple) and noticed that all People who circumambulate Shiva temple go a full circle, where as people circumambulating just the Shiva ling which is open for all to perform abhishekam just do a half a circle or so. I see people doing a full circle, but many just go half. Can someone please enlighten?

  • I think you are talking about the Somasukta Pradhakshinam when you said about people doing half circle. Refer this answer: hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/603/81 Feb 11, 2015 at 14:53
  • @Dharmaputhiran Thank you for sharing your thoughts and link. I have gone through the link and this type of Pradhikshina is done with respect to the new moon (13th day), but here I notice devotees doing this everyday. And the do exactly as represented in the image of the above link. So, is it good to follow this type of Pradhikshinas everyday?
    – sriinnu
    Feb 12, 2015 at 3:37
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    @sairam01: The reason might be "We should not cross or should not touch our feet to abishekam water while doing pradhikshina".
    – Mahesh.D
    Feb 12, 2015 at 9:48
  • @Mahesh.D your reason applies equally to other gods as well. So the question that why is it followed only for Lord Shiva raises. Could you throw some light on it? Feb 12, 2015 at 12:13
  • @Dharmaputhiran: 1) On head of lord Shiva Ganga will be there 2) Abishekam water flows left to Shiva Ligam (right for us when facing to Shiva Ligam). For other Gods scenario is differs.
    – Mahesh.D
    Feb 13, 2015 at 5:26


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