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Pradakshina

Pradakshina: The Practice of circumambulate sacred spots

Throughout history sages, yogis, and lay people went to sacred places looking for mystical union with nature's power and the truth of our existence. Pradakshina refers to a designated path that circumambulates these points of power typically associated with deities enshrined in temples, sacred rivers and mountains, or the hermitages of esteemed sages. It is an expression of prayer and reverence to divinity, a practice of contemplation integral to the practice of Yoga.

 A legend of Lord Shiva, Parvati, and their two sons illustrates the importance of Pradakshina. Lord Shiva asked his two sons to circumambulate the universe to gain worldly knowledge. While his first son Kartikeya spent decades to go round the world on his peacock, his younger son Ganesha walked a full circle around Shiva and Parvati, his mother and father, and justified his action by stating that the universe was the emanation of Shiva and Parvati themselves, an essential teaching of Yogic philosophy.

Shiva Pradakshina at Hridaya Hermitage is a two and half mile trail that circumambulates the highest point of our land - the formal practice shala and temple of our Gurus Bhagavan Vashi Baba and Mirabai Iswari, where they engage in advanced spiritual practice and emanation of Yoga. Winding through acres of unspoiled wilderness, rejuvenated by the sounds of rushing mountain streams your journey culminates at the epicenter of Shiva Loka.  To encourage the feeling of sacredness present in this austere, natural setting, guests are encouraged to meditate in the Sangha Shala. This meditation shrine is an exact replica of the inner sanctum of the Shiva Loka Temple, an ideal place for connecting and opening to the power of a living sages emanation and worship.