How to take darshan in the temple



Offering obeisances


Upon entering the temple, one should first offer obeisances (panchanga pranama) to the assembled Vaisnavas and utter the prayer:

väïchä-kalpatarubhyaç ca kåpä-sindhubhya eva ca
patitänäà pävanebhyo vaiñëavebhyo namo namaù

I offer my respectful obeisances unto all the Vaishnava devotees of the Lord. They are just like desire trees who can fulfill the desires of everyone and they are full of compassion for fallen conditioned souls.

Then one should offer obeisances (full dandavats for men) to Srila Prabhupada, keeping him on one's left, and chant his pranati mantra.

One should then move towards the deities and offer full prostrated obeisances, keeping the deities on our left side and chant their respective pranama mantras.

It may be noted that one should not ofer obeisances on one hand. Both hands should support the body while bowing down and both hands should be outstretched.


Meditating upon the deities