Dear friends,
I found this post by Sri Anbil I think in the internet while searching for the above query. I reproduce it below.

Is it OK? Comments/suggestions are welcome as this will help many of us who travel to US to be with our children/grand children now and then.


Dear friends
This is a FAQ (Frequently asked question) which has been answered as frequently. The subject has been dealt with in Chapter 25 of my book "hinduism Rediscovered" Excerpts are as follows:

The Sankalpa that every Hindu makes while initiating any religious practice invariably refers to the exact locale where the rite is performed with reference to the Hindu Cosmology.
(e.g.) In India, the locale part of the Sankalpa would be as follows:

mErOh daksinE paarsvE On the Southern side of Mount mEru

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Jambudveepe In the isle of the rose apple

Bharata Varshe In the region called Bharata Varsha

Bharatah Khande In the continent of Bharata etc.

Those doing the rites in the U.S.A, adopt the same as follows:

mErOh paschima dik bhaagE On rhe Westernside of Mount mEru

Ramanaka Varshe In the region called Ramanaka Varsha

Aindra Khande In the continent called Aindra

Rocky - McKinley Parvatayor Madhye: Between the mountains of Rockey and McKinley

Misissipi- Missouri Ityaadhi Aneka Shodasa Jeeva Nadeenaam sameepa stite:
the place that is surrounded by such perennial rivers like Mississippi, Missouri and 16 other rivers.


I have heard in KaalakshEpams on AnushTaana Granthams that the mEru mountain lies at the Northernmost tip of BhoolOka. Therefore, whether it is America or Australia , North pole or South Pole - all are said to lie on the South of Mount mEru. Therefore, the Sankalpam used in India "mErOh dakshiNE paarsvE' seems to apply to any location on earth.

There is, however, a tendency for non-conformity with what is practiced back home and in the name of novelty in America, some priests have reworded the same as "mErOh Paschima dik bhaagE".