Significance of the various touch points in Achamanam whilst doing Sandhyavandanam

The following is a contribution of Shri Yeseyeweyea Raman as comment in one of my previous posts on Sandyavandanam.  For the benefit of those who may skip the comments in a post, I am reproducing the contents below.  Thank you Shri Raman.  I have inserted an image that I located on the web.



When we do sandhya vandhanam after 3 namahas we do kesava, narayana ryt.

After i learnt varma i correlated and found some analogies. I thought of sharing it with the group

kesava, narayana – the right and left cheek – pinvetti varmam
brightens the face and cured mandible pain due to continuous recital or speaking

madhava, govinda – jus below the posterior corner of eye – natchathira kalam
clears eye problem and strengthens lacrimal glands for continuous exposure to smoke

vishnu, madhusudhana – the nostrils – komberi kalam
clears breathing problems

thirivikrama, vamana – the ears – kurunthukuthi varmam
gives tejas to the face and cures hearing related problems

sridhara, krishikesa – shoulder joint – buya poruthu varmam
strengthens hands and improvises mobility

padmanaba – below the sternum – unthi varmam
regularises digestion and helps in digesting high fat diet

damodhara – mudisoodi adangal
the important point of all varmas. activates all the 12 nadis of the body



  1. Sundararajaniyer said,

    February 2, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    If one just believes and does sandhi then, one will automatically understand the benefits, no need to analyse

    • badrirag said,

      February 2, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      Dear Sundararajan Iyer,

      Thanks for your comment. To support what you have rightly said as “just believes”, we are providing the facts and figures. This is primarily to make it easier for those who are comfortable with the ‘science’ behind our rituals before considering doing it, let alone plunge into it.


  2. Ramkumar said,

    February 3, 2014 at 1:59 am


    Many thanks for creating this platform that gives an opportunity for people to share & contribute. Every comment made here is invaluable & helps reinforce the bhakti. Thank you


    • badrirag said,

      February 3, 2014 at 3:12 am


      You are welcome. I would urge you to share Akshay’s experiences and your own too to reinforce at your end as well as inspire many others. It might be of interest to you that atleast one of our posts on SV are figuring in the first page when you google for Sandhyavandanam. This is largely possible because of valuable comments from people like you. stay in touch and keep smiling. cheers


  3. N Ramesh said,

    February 3, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I am glad that people in the modern world are now getting awakened to the high end scientific practices which our forefathers in the ancient times were performing on a daily basis as part of their daily routine !

    And these seemingly exercise like stuff was very intelligently fused into the ritualistic practices to be adhered to and complied with which was interlaced with some religious edicts and injunction combine !

    And that is the real, intrinsic strength of our Civilization about which we must be proud of instead of simply and frivolously commenting on it in a flippant manner and even at times also deriding the same !

    Long Live Our Culture which the other parts of the world at trying to get to sense and the scent of it, leave alone knowing the same in its full measure and dimension, leave alone taking it up and following it !

    Yes, even the other Desert based Religions are attempting in a veiled manner to include and induct some of these practices in aid of their own fellowmen, lest they may fall behind in their numbers in future !

    Thus Spake the New Age Sage !

    • badrirag said,

      February 3, 2014 at 7:16 am


      The objectives of this post are:

      a. To inform those who are already and regularly doing SV so that they are more aware of the intricacies and nuances of this wonderful practice. Now when i do ‘achamanam’, it is no longer automatic but with a great sense of understanding and gratitude.

      b. To give a scientific explanation to the elements of SV for those who would otherwise dismiss it as a ritual and inspire them to take to SV.


      • Sharma said,

        February 5, 2014 at 11:53 am

        Hi all,
        My name is sharma…I want to know the procedure of doing sandyavandanam…If any one can share a PDF in telugu..that would really help me.


      • badrirag said,

        February 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm

        Dear Mr Sharma,

        It is indeed great to see your interest. i’m afraid you might have to search for a telugu pdf online.

        Wish you all success


  4. March 2, 2014 at 5:06 am

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  5. Shane said,

    May 11, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I am a 32 year old. Just started doing it back 3 days ago, I left it around 97 or so. THis time I understand everything I am doing and reciting the slokas clearly. Also please include a note as below in your blog :

    In the Pranayamam, it s divided into three parts;
    1) Om Bhoo, Om Buvaha, Om Suvaha, Om magaha, Ohum Satyam – We close the left nostrils and inhale through the right.

    2) Om tat sad vidhur vareinyam bargo devasya deemahi thiyo yona prachodaya thu – close the right and hold the prana.

    3) Ohm apaha, jothi rishaha, amirtham brahma – release the air through the left.

    4) Oh bhur buvasvar om, om, om. – place your fingers in the right ears.

    This completes the cycle.

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