Walking Prayer

January 17, 2015 Comments Off on Walking Prayer

One way of prayer is to walk, either in a prescribed way, or an unplanned way.

Circumambulation is to walk around a sacred center. It could be a sacred space, temple, shrine, Kaaba, stupa, altars, idol or relics.

Circumambulation of temples or deity images is an integral part of Hindu and Buddhist devotional practice (known in Sanskrit as pradakśiṇā). It is also present in other religions, including Christianity, Sikhism, Judaism and Islam.
Source and more: Wikipedia

Buddhism
Around a stupa or holy places like Mt. Kailas

Christianity
Around sacred shrines

Hinduism
Called pradakshina or parikrama. Around the sanctum sanctorum of a temple.

Islam
Around the Kaaba

Judaism
Around the Torah specially on Hoshanot

Sikhism
Around the Holy Granth Sahib, sacred book

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