Posted on Apr 10 2016 - 10:44am by srikainkaryasriadmin

During “thrikaala Sandhyavandanam” , those who perform these,
offer “Abhivaadanam” before completing the ritual

What is this—-?

— AbhivAdhanam is performed by an abhivandhakan
as respectful salutation to a revered elder/AchAryan/

SrOotriyan (Veda-Saastra Vithpannan) .

The palms should be kept  near the ears, while the body ( Sareeram)

is bent  at the level of waist ( pl see picture )

The gesture involves placement over the ears our hands like

the ears of a cow(right palm–right ear & left palm–left ear)  , where
some of the key brain organs are ( amygdala , hippocampus
on the left side that controls emotions , i.e . speech and memory)
and recite with single minded reverence the AbhivAdhanam .
The right side contains Motor brain & 3D-Processing features.
One does not want to be distracted by external sound and
chatter while performing AbhivAdhanam to a respectful elder

and that is why palms are placed over the ears.

Over the right ear , the sacred GangA river is said to reside .
That is why we touch the right ear with our fingers at
the end of PrANAyAmam . That touch cleanses one
of asuddhis .

In the context of AbhivAdhanam , one can visualize
taking Ganga theertam with both palms and offering
argyam , Paadhyam and Aachamaneeyam waters
for the worshipful visitor . We do this upachAram of
Argyam, Paadhyam and Achamaneeyam to PerumAL
during thirvArAdhanam . A Similar situation of
reverential introduction of oneself to Upasana Devatha/
respectful elder  is invoked here .

There are also subtelities of introducing one’s gOtram ,
Sutram , Veda Saakhai and one’s own nAmam during
the abhivAdhanam to provide context .
 For instance , if one is a BrahmachAri , the elder can
 pick up on the sagOtram ( same gotram) aspects
 for potential marriage prospects with a bride from gotram
 other than that of the person performing abhivAdhanam .

  • abhivadAfter completing the recitation, the right forehand crosses above
  • the left forehand, and touch the feet of elders.

The elder person receives the abhivAdhanam and
blesses the younger one with wishes for long life



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