Soma sutra Pradakshinam


During Pradosha time, Soma Sutra Pradakshinam is done.
This consists of alternative anti-clockwise and clockwise movements, three times.

All other times normal Pradakshina is recommended.

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1) Soma Sutra Pradakshinam;

During the Pradhosham time soma sutra pradakshinam is the suggested way of circumambulating Sivalingam. In some of the temples this is followed always. A point to note here is that the Gomukhi is never crossed. Gomukhi is the place where the water after anointing (abhisheka tirtam) would be flowing northwards out. By doing this way of pradakshinam one does not step over this holy water.

"vrusham chandam vrusham saiva soma sutram punavrusham
chandam cha soma sutram cha punachandam punarvrusham"

First saluting the Rishabha devar (Holy Bull) go anti-clockwise and salute chandishar (not crossing the gomukhi). Now return in the clockwise manner salute Rishabham and continue clockwise till the gomukhi (not cross it again). Then return in anti-clockwise direction salute the Rishabham again and proceed towards chandishar. From there return back clockwise without worshiping Rishabham and reach the gomukhi. Finally return back anti-clockwise from there to salute Rishabham and continue to chandishar and return back to Rishabham and worship the shiva lingam (at the altar) by viewing through the space between the two horns of the Holy bull. This is one pradakshinam. Three such times pradadakshinam to be done.

If you carefully observe the curve traced by doing the pradakshinam is very similar to the periphery of the CRESCENT. Hence this way of circumambulating is called SOMASUTRA PRADAKSHINAM.

During the pradhosham time Somasootra Pradakshinam is the recommended way of circumambulating the God. In many of the temples this is followed always. A point to note here is that the gomukhi is never crossed. gomukhi is the place where the water after anointing (abhiSheka theertham) would be flowing northwards out. By doing this way of Pradakshinam one does not step over this holy water.

As per the above marked symbols this Pradakshinams is to be done. First saluting the Rishabha devar (Holy Bull) go anti-clockwise and salute chandishar (not crossing the Gomukhi). Now return in the clockwise manner salute Vrushabham and continue clockwise till the Gomukhi (not cross it again). Then return in anti-clockwise direction salute the Rishabham again and proceed towards Chadeeshar. From there return back clockwise without worshiping Rishabham and reach the Gomukhi. Finally return back anti-clockwise from there to salute Rishabham and continue to chandIshar and return back to Rishabham and worship the Shiva Lingam (at the altar) by viewing through the space between the two horns of the Holy Bull. This is one Pradakshinam. Three such times Pradakshinam is to be performed.

2) Pictorial Somasutra Pradakshinam:

The following reference gives the pictorial Somasutra Pradakshinam also;

http://www.pradosham.com/pradoshapuranam…

How one should do Pradhikshna during Pradhosa Time?

During pradosha time a special type of circumambulating called soma Utra pradaikshanam is done.

Meaning of Pradakshina (Circumambulation):

PRA – rooting out sins
DA – granting desires
KSHI – obliterating the fruits of Karma
NA – bestowing liberation

What is Soma Utira Pradhakshanam?

During the pradhosham time somas Utra pradakshinam is the suggested way of circumambulating the God.

In some of the temples this is followed always. A point to note here is that the gomukhi is never crossed. gomukhi is the place where the water after anointing (abhisheka theertham) would be flowing northwards out. By doing this way of Pradhikshanam one does not step over this holy water.

First saluting the Nadhi Bhagawan (Holy Bull) go anti-clockwise and salute Chandikehwar (not crossing the gomukhi). Now return in the clockwise manner salute again Nadni Bhagawan and continue clockwise till the gomukhi (not cross it again).

Then return in anti-clockwise direction salute the Nadhi Bhagawan again and proceed towards Chandikehwar . From there return back clockwise without worshiping Nadhi Bhagwan and reach the gomukhi.

Finally return back anti-clockwise from there to salute Nandhi Bhagean and continue to Chandikeshwar and return back to Nandhi Bhagawan and worship Lord Shiva Lingam (at the altar) by viewing through the space between the two horns of the Nandhi Bhagawan ( Holy bull)

This is one Pradhikshanam and three such pradhikshanams are to be done.

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