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Questions tagged [tilak]

A mark worn by a Hindu on the forehead to indicate caste, status, or sect, or as an ornament.

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Requirements for wearing Tilak

What are the rules / requirements of applying a Vaishnava tilaka? Is diksha required?
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What is the significance of wearing the namam on the forehead?

What is the significance of wearing the "namam" on the forehead? What do the red and white components indicate?
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What is the significance of applying chandan on forehead? [duplicate]

What is the significance of chandan application on forehead for Hindus? I have been told my mom not to apply Chandan and I don’t understand the reason.need help
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What does the Vaishnavite Tilaka mean when worn by Vishnu? [duplicate]

Vishnu is always depicted as wearing the caste-mark of Vaishnavites. But I believe it represents Vishnu's foot-mark when worn by Vishnu's devotees, who show their devotion through it. It has to mean ...
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Why do some Advaitins wear an Urdhva Pundra made of ash?

Originally, most Advaitins had Vishnu as their Ishta Devata, but nowadays most Advaitins have Shiva as their Ishta Devata. Kanchi Mahaperiava, the former Shankaracharya of the Kanchipuram, explains ...
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Is applying sindoor compulsory after marriage?

Is applying sindoor after marriage mandatory or just a choice? Do Hindu scripture say anything about applying sindoor after marriage?
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What's the reason behind Venkateshwara's unusual urdhwapundra?

There are two unusual aspects of Lord Venkateshwara's Urdhwapundra 1) The size of UrdhwaPundra: The Urdhwpundra covers more than 30% of Lord's face, while normally it should cover around 10%. The ...
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What does Urdhva Pundra (Thirunamam) represent?

Most Hindus who worship Shree Vishnu wear Urdhva Pundra (Thirunamam) on their forehead. What does this symbol represent?
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Why is Thiruman Sacred?

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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Rubbing Vibuthi or Tilak off the forehead

Is it okay to rub Vibuthi or Tilak off one's forehead? Does it amount to insulting god?
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Why even Lord Vishnu put Tilak (Gopi-Chandan) on his forehead?

As a pure Vaishnav Devotee, we are putting a tilak on our head, But why lord himself putting Tilak on his forehead.? Is there any logic behind? any scriptures mentioned this logic?please share your ...
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Which hand should be used for supporting head while applying Tilak on the forehead?

Which hand do i have to put on the back of the head while getting a tilak on the forehead? If someone applies tilak on my forehead, i should place my hand on the back of my head. But do I have to use ...
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What Tilak or Namam does Lord Brahma have on His forehead?

Tripundra or "three horizontals lines" is the Tilak worn by Lord Shiva and His devotees. Urdhva Pundra is tilak worn by Lord Vishnu and His devotees. But there are images of Brahma with both tilaks. ...
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Red Tilak worn by Hindu women [duplicate]

I have not learned about Hindu culture but it hurts me when some people say that the tilak worn by Hindu women and men is a curse of Lord Shiva to people who laughed at him when Ganga menstruated on ...
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What is Gorochana or Goulochan?

I have Gorochana or Goulochan, given by a friend. I want to know it's vedic application. I have two types of Goulochan one is from cows head and other one cow gallstone Bezoar. I did not find ...
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What is the meaning of baal tilak? [on hold]

What is baal tilak? I read this term in some holy scripture and want to know the area of forehead or body where it has to be applied.
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Why do Swami Ayyappa images have Namam symbol on the forehead?

Why do swami Ayyappa images seem to have Namam symbol on the forehead? Is there any story behind that? He is the son for both Hari and Hara so shouldn't pattai be applied to swamy's forehead?
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Why is the ring finger or thumb used for tilak?

For doing tilak, I have been always instructed to use my ring fingers. But my Panditji always used his thumb. When I asked about it he instructed me that Pandits and brahmins can also use their thumb ...
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Why Hindus wear red tilak and sandal wood tilak on foreheads?

Hindus prefer to wear red tilak and sandal wood tilak on foreheads. Also Lord Shiva wears Bhasma(Vibhuthi). Many of his followers do the same. How did this practice originate?