One of the most visible external symbols of Hindu identity is the mark that many of us wear on our forehead. Origin of this practice is unclear. But, in ancient times, when the Varna system predominated, people used to apply tilaks differently that represented their Varna. Brahmins applied a white chandan mark signifying purity. Kshatriyas wore a red tilak ...
The Urdhvapundra has been worn from ancient times (pre-Ramanuja). The Pancharatra, Puranas and Smritis glorify the Urdhvapundra worn with white clay and gopi-chandana.
In the Sri Vaishnava Guru Paramparas, when discussing the life of Ramanuja, it is recorded that the white clay worn as Urdhvapundra was difficult to obtain in those times. Ramanuja managed to ...
From an article by bhaskar.com (emphasis mine)
The area below the ring finger is called the 'surya parvat' or 'surya shetra' and the 'agaya chakra' is situated in the forehead. It is believed that by applying tilak with the ring finger gives 'surya' or sun like glow to the face. This also awakes the 'agaya chakra' and the person gets wisdom and fame.
Tilak, a mark of Hindu Sanatan Dharma, comes from the Sanskrit word ‘til’ which means sesame seed. The sesame seed has great importance in yagnas and charity. A tilak is imprinted on a person’s forehead because it is the location through which one can channel Divinity, thus enhancing the spiritual character of an individual.
Wearing Tilak (and/or Chandalo)...
The following describes how Srivaishnavas wear the Urdhvapundra. Other Vaishnava Sampradayas may have different practices.
Srivaishnavas who have not undergone basic diksha/initiation called Samashrayana wear only one Urdhvapundra on the forehead. Those that are initiated wear 12 at different parts of the body.
According to the Srivaishnava Sadachara ...
I am providing first the scriptural basis for the Tilak worn by the Shiva devotees.
The God S’iva is always hidden under the cover of ashes; so the
S’aivas, the devotees of S’iva are to use the Tripundra. The Brâhmanas
are to use daily this Tripundra. Brahmâ is the Prime Brâhmin. When He
used Tripundra on His forehead, what need to tell, then, ...
While engaging myself in reading Kalki Purana as my favorite pastime under the three modes of material nature of Prakriti, I stumbled upon the following verse which will be said by Kalki (supposedly upcoming incarnation of Vishnu)
It is the duty of those who are twice-born to mark the forehead with tilaka made of clay, ash, or sandalwood paste. Marking ...
The book Dharma Bindu quotes Veda Vyasa as follows:
Vyasa Maharshi gave the instructions as follows:
Haridraamkumkumamchaiva sindhuram kajjalam tathaa, Kurpaanakam
cha taambolam mangalaabharanam shubham| Kesha samskaara kabari
kara karnaad bhushanam, Bhartur aayushyami -cchanti dooshayenna
Pativrataa| Praatah kaaletu yaa naari dadyaadarghyam
As taught to me by my Acharyan, the color white is universally considered a symbol of peace. The twin feet of Our Lord give us peace so we wear them on our forehead to invoke that in us.
Red is universally the symbol of love, kripa. We are because of His love. We are constantly reminded of that by wearing that. So, our way is of Love and Peace.
Devi Bhagavatam mentions some results in Book 11 for applying Urdhva Pundra (Tilak worn by Vishnu Devotees) with different fingers.
According to the chapter,
Thumb : Nourishment is obtained
Middle Finger : Longetivity is increased
Ring Finger : Food is obtained
Forefinger : Liberation is obtained
Below is an excerpt of Chapter 15:
If the ...
As far as I know, Sri Vaishnavas (among others) wear all pundrams in vertical (urdhva) orientation. The rationale for the practice is that it is the pundram for mumukshus who are looking upwards towards moksha. I have heard this reasoning in upanyasams.
The standard pundram is white mud (thiruman) accompanied by turmeric (srichurnam, colored red or yellow ...
A partial answer is as follows ..
I have a found a reference of Ashta Gandha in KulArnava Tantram:
Trigandham shAntike proktam pancha gandhancha vashyake | Sarva
kAryed ashtagandham krure chAshtavishAni ||
In ShAnti Karmas, TriGandha is prescribed to be used; in Vashikarana
Pancha Gandha; in all Karmas Ashta Gandha is prescribed and in ...
I don't have an internet source for this, but I have heard in upanyasams (spiritual discourses) that No, we are not allowed to remove Thiruman, Vibuthi, Kumkum purposely. If it happens by accident, that's fine, and we need to re-apply.
In modern world, we don't want to show to others our religious markings, so either we do not apply them at all, or we apply ...
Important use of Gorochana is to put on forehead as Tilak.
This Tilak gives positive energy and helps to accomplish the delayed work promptly, removes obstacles from the way and protects from all the bad energies of surroundings.
Can I make tilak and give it to God while worshipping ?
I don't think so. This tilak is used by ourselves only.
It is also ...
Use of materials like turmeric, kumkuk (processed turmeric with lime), sandalwood, bhasma is not just symbolism, there is a specific purpose for them all.
For eg turmeric has great value in "purification" of the body from neurotoxins like fluoride and activation of pineal gland. Hence they are applied before the beginning of the day or puja or any other ...
The tilak on the forehead symbolizes the importance of the third-eye or the Ajna Chakra:
Q: Gurudev, what is the significance of applying tilak on the
forehead (referring to the portion of the forehead between the
eyebrows)? What does it represent? Married women in our country also
apply the tilak. What is the reason behind it?
A: The third ...