What is purpose/reason of using Thiruman katti for making Urdhwapundra or Namam, What is relation of Thiruman to Shriman Narayana? How is it holy clay?

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    @@Yogi - Thiruman or Naamam which is worn on forehead and also other parts of the body ( Twelve Urdhva pundras) is considered as the foot/feet of Lord Vishnu. request you to pls check satcharitra Raksha of Swami Vedanta Desika. I think, it gives all the necessary clarifications on Thiruman it's efficacy along with references from Shruti, Smriti, ithihasa and agamas. – user808 Jul 20 '16 at 7:08
  • @Krishna Why is gopi chandan forbidden instead of thiruman? – Yogi Jul 20 '16 at 7:49
  • @@Yogi-didn't know that Gopi chandan is forbidden. – user808 Jul 20 '16 at 8:35
  • Dada i have found Urdhwapundra mahtmya while searching , its said that laxmi , moksha and hari resides in Urdhwapundra ,Even procedure is there ,if you want i will write answer. Long time no see!!! – SwiftPushkar Jan 29 '19 at 9:23
  • @SwiftPushkar Hi...Where did you find urdhwapundra mahatmya? – Yogi Feb 3 '19 at 17:00

Thiruman, is etymologically speaking, 'holy clay' from tiru, 'holy' and man, 'clay'.

It is a tilaka, a mark on the forehead, that is worn by followers of Sri Vaishnavism tradition, that is followers of Vishnu.

Visually, the tilaka is a yellow or red mark in the middle of the white marks. The latter marks are called thiruman in Tamil, whilst the former is called srichurnam.

Here, sri refers to Laksmi whilst churnam literally means powder. This yellow mark is made from turmeric or sandalwood paste. The white powder in thiruman derives from decayed schistose mica, a metamorphic rock formed from shale. It refers to the feet of Vishnu.

It is holy because the feet of Vishnu are holy.


Srimathe Ramanujaya namaha!

Thiruman is obtained from medium grade metamorphic rock. It is defined by having more than 50% platy and elongated minerals. It is found mainly in Melkote, Karnataka.

Pundraka -(Urdhva pundra in Sanskrit), (Thiruman, or Thirunamam in Tamil) - ritual mark, means holy mud, is applied on the foreheads of devotees of Sri Narayana, and Lord Vishnu himself wears it on His forehead.

Devotees apply it as a mark of respect to Lord Vishnu, denoting they are holding His Lotus Feet on their forehead. The two white lines represent the feet of the Lord, and the red line represents Lakshmi Thaayar who is ever present with Him. According to other sources, the left line represent Lord Brahma, the right line Lord Siva and the middle portion is where Lord Narayana dwells with Mother Lakshmi. The meaning of Him wearing it is to show the Bhaktha that the protection to him is from all possible direction, if he surrenders to the Lord. Each thiruman placed on the body represents a different name of Sriman Narayana:

forehead Kesava belly Narayana chest Madhava throat Govinda right side Vishnu right arm Madhusudana right shoulder Trivikrama left side Vamana left arm Sridhara left shoulder Hrisikesha upper back Padmanabha lower back Damodara

  • thanks for the effort but this is not the answer how do you prove relation of thiruman with shriman narayana??although some factual details are correct but some are incorrect like the trideva representation is weird and nothing is cited to support your answer. – Yogi Jul 20 '16 at 10:51
  • GruthOdhvapuNdra: paramESithAram nArAyaNam saankhya yOgAdhi gagyam | jnAthvA vimuchyEtha nara: samasthai: samsaara paaSairiha chaiva vishNu: || – Parthasarathy Raghavan Jul 21 '16 at 5:30
  • Yaga, charity, penance, daily sacrifice, taking food,offering of water to manes (argyam) etc., is all null and void if one does without wearing Urdhva pUndram. Libations means pouring of water in honour of God. Manes means spirit of the dead (deceased Father,Mother. Grand father, Grand mother, . pithru tharpaNam means offering water with sesame seeds to those twelve Pithru dEvathAs. Hence, wearing Urdhva pUndram is essential. The shape of Urdhva pUndra should be in the shape of HaripAdakruthi (in the shape of the Lotus Feet of Sriman Narayanan). From Pancharatna Samhitha – Parthasarathy Raghavan Jul 21 '16 at 5:36
  • Okay I will try to find this panchartara samhita you mentioned but I doubt there is something like pancharatra samhita. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancharatra#Pancharatra_Texts – Yogi Jul 21 '16 at 6:19
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    You should cite sources. – Keshav Srinivasan Apr 22 '17 at 14:26

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