- When reciting the name of the sage - four fingers of the right hand are
placed at the top of the head
- While reciting 'Chandas' the fingers are placed on the tip of the nose
- While reciting the name of the deity the fingers are placed on the chest.
- Every hymn or mantra is preceded by a sloka giving the name of rishi,
chandas (meter or rhythm) and the deity to whom it is addresses (or
meditated upon) and the purpose or application. This action is called Nyasa
or more precisely Rishinyasa.
- The name of the sage indicates the sage who has realized this mantra. The
God-realization is always linked with 'Sahastrar' chakra at the top of the
head, hence we touch the top of the head.
- The chandas indicates meter or rhythm, hence we touch the tip of the nose
(being close to the mouth) while reciting chandas.
- The heat is the place where the Lord as antaryami resides, hence we touch
the chest while reciting the name of the deity.