Bhumi Pranam -
the ritual of honouring Mother Earth. With hands in Anjali Mudra touch the crown of the head, the Ajna centre and Anahata
-heart centre. Open the hips and touch the ground.
Ishvara Pranidhana -
Surrendering to the Divine (one of the niyama)
Mula shodana -
rectal cleansing using turmeric root or the middle finger.
Mundana ceremony -
the ritual of head shaving undergone by a pilgrim as a symbol of humility
Namakarana samskara -
the name giving ceremony marking foraml adoption of the HIndu faith
circumambulation of the altar, temple etc (see giri circumambulation of the mountain such as Arunachala.
a meeting point
a meeting of people for
study, discussion and experience of spiritually motivated subjects.
of power from guru to shishya, or the descent of grace of the guru.
hardships, denials or austerities adopted by
a spiritual aspirant to burn away lethargy and unawareness, and to develop inner heat and spiritual endeavour.