A rod or pole falls straight; similarly, when one offers obeisances to his superior with all eight parts of the body, he performs what is called dandavat

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"A rod or pole falls straight" |"similarly, when one offers obeisances to his superior with all eight angas (parts) of the body, he performs what is called dandavat"

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta

CC Madhya-lila

The word daṇḍa means rod or pole. A rod or pole falls straight; similarly, when one offers obeisances to his superior with all eight aṅgas (parts) of the body, he performs what is called daṇḍavat.
CC Madhya 1.67, Translation and Purport:

After reading the verse, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu went into an ecstatic mood. While He was in that state, Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī came and immediately fell down on the floor like a rod.

The word daṇḍa means rod or pole. A rod or pole falls straight; similarly, when one offers obeisances to his superior with all eight aṅgas (parts) of the body, he performs what is called daṇḍavat. Sometimes we only speak of daṇḍavats but actually do not fall down. In any case, daṇḍavat means falling down like a rod before one's superior.