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What is the importance of TILAKA in vaishnavism?

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Asked by sudhakar kuruvada, 21 May '13 11:49 pm
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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 analysed and given various reasons, and one such reason, 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:
Answered by LIPSIKA, 21 May '13 11:51 pm

 
  
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Followers of Vaishnavism mark their foreheads with different styles of tilak to show that they are devotees of Vishnu. The markings are made either as a daily ritual, or on special occasions, and denote which particular lineage, or sampradaya the devotee belongs to. The different Vaishnava sampradayas each have their own distinctive style of tilak based on the siddhanta of their particular lineage. The general tilak pattern is of two or more vertical lines resembling the letter U, which commonly represents the foot of Vishnu.
Answered by rajan, 22 May '13 09:59 am

 
  
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Followers of Vaishnavism mark their foreheads with different styles of tilak to show that they are devotees of Vishnu
Answered by Quest, 22 May '13 01:48 am

 
  
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A commonly seen "nuduTipai tilakamu" (a mark or beauty
spot, made on the forehead with black, scarlet, or gold paint) indicates
auspiciousness (good omen, happiness, prosperity, good fortune, welfare
and overall it is mamgaLam). People wear camdanam (sandalwood powder)
or viBooti (ash or calcium salts) or kumkuma (a plant dye mixed with
turmeric powder) as boTTu on the forehead. Shivites wear viBooti boTTu.
Vishanvites wear camdanam boTTu. Worshipers of Devi and Sakti wear
kumkuma boTTu. Shiva loves the burial ground (SmaSa'nam) and the ash is
the only one available there. In fact, our mythology depicts Shiva as
one who applies the ash all over his body. Probably this viBooti (ash) ...more
Answered by saranathan Narasimhan, 22 May '13 01:33 am

 
  
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Followers of Vaishnavism mark their foreheads with different styles of tilak to show that they are devotees of Vishnu. The markings are made either as a daily ritual, or on special occasions, and denote which particular lineage, or sampradaya the devotee belongs to. The different Vaishnava sampradayas each have their own distinctive style of tilak based on the siddhanta of their particular lineage. The general tilak pattern is of two or more vertical lines resembling the letter U, which commonly represents the foot of Vishnu.
Answered by Amit tuteja, 21 May '13 11:50 pm

 
  
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