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Why do we wear the 'pottu'?

Asked by Keen Observer, 03 Jul '11 10:07 am
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A bindi (from Sanskrit bindu, meaning "a drop, small particle, dot") is a forehead decoration worn in South Asia (particularly India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Mauritius). and Southeast Asia. Traditionally it is a dot of red color applied in the center of the forehead close to the eyebrows, but it can also consist of a sign or piece of jewelry worn at this location.Pottu in Tamil and Bottu in telugu.
Answered by LIPSIKA, 03 Jul '11 10:15 am

 
  
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The pottu or tilak is symbolic of our soul's eye otherwise know as the 'third eye.' The pottu marks the placement of the third eye on our forehead. It is a sensitive spot in the middle of our brow situated slightly above the eyebrows. If your ran your fingers along the middle line of your brow you will be able to sense this sensitive spot. This is the correct placement of the pottu or tilak dot.

The act of putting the tilak is actually to remind us of our higher spiritual nature that is our soul. That we should endeavour to see and understand life from the higher, inclusive and loving perspective of our soul. It is to remind us to continue striving to perfect weakness in our nature so our personality more and more resembles the peaceful and benevolent nature of our soul. It is also to remind us of our ultimate goal of life, that is to break free from the cycle reincarnation on earth so we may live forever in the Heavens.

Over time the pottu has evolved as a sectarian symbol of ...more
Answered by jameel ahmed, 03 Jul '11 10:14 am

 
  
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I know much about one type of Idli
Answered by INFORMER, 03 Jul '11 02:27 pm

 
  
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A bindi can be called:
Pottu in Tamil and Malayalam
Bottu or Tilakam in Telugu
Bottu or Tilaka in Kannada
Tikli in Marathi
Teep (literally meaning "a pressing") in Bengali
Chandhalo in Gujarati meaning moon shape.
Tikka in Punjabi meaning long red mark.
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Answered by AKP, 03 Jul '11 10:23 am

 
  
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It is just a mark of our faith in a particular religion
Answered by rajnikant raiyarela, 03 Jul '11 10:09 am

 
  
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