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Different Types Of Parikrama or Pradakshina In Hinduism

Parikrama or Pradakshina refers to circumambulation of sacred places like fire, trees and plants in Hindu tradition. It is walking around in a circle as a form of worship. Pradakshina is done around Tulsi plant and Peepal tree also. Parikrama means “the path surrounding something” in Sanskrit and is also known as Pradakshina (“to the right”) representing circumambulation.

Different Types of Parikrama or Pradakshina

Atma Pradakshina: After completion of vrata or daily pooja, atma pradakshinam is to be done. In this type of Pradakshina, we go around ourselves, The significance is that the ego which goes round like a whirlwind will be destroyed.

Paada Pradakshina: In this type of Pradakshina, devotee must walk around the temple.

Danda Pradakshina: In this type of Pradakshina, devotee must take a step to do Sashtanga Pranama, again take another step and do Sashtanga Pranama (Sa ashta anga means Eight parts of the body touching the ground).

Angapradakshinam: In this type of Pradakshina, devotee must lie prostrate and roll around the temple. Generally, this Pradakshina will be done with wet clothes. This is the most powerful pradakshinam for wish fulfillment.