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