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Anga Pradakshanam or Full-Body Circumnavigation of Hindu Temple

Those who have visited Hindu Temples in South India might have come across anga pradakshanam or full-body circumnavigation of the temple. The anga pradakshanam is performed around the sanctum sanctorum of the main deity in the temple.

Sometimes it is performed on the outer parikrama of the sanctum sanctorum within the temple complex.

The full-body circumnavigation of Hindu Temple is performed for wish fulfillment or as thanksgiving for favors received. Sometimes it is performed for early cure of a disease. It is also performed as part of sin redemption.

Usually the devotee suffers bruises in the exposed part of the body due to the Full-Body Circumnavigation.

The person performing the anga pradakshanam is helped by a friend or relative or devotee in completing the process. It can be performed for any number of times – 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10…

In some temples, we come across people who are ready to perform the Anga Pradakshanam on our behalf for a token amount.