U-shaped talk drawn between the brows, and includes an upside 'Ace of spades' shape on the nose. This indicatesthat one is a devotee of Lord Krishna, or God.
Ed Keenan 2.A7:
The dot on an Indian's forehead originates from Hindu mythology, symbolizing the third eye of Lord Shiva
. Heis one of Gods in the Hindu theological trinity (Brahma-Creator, Vishnu-Sustainer, Shiva-Destroyer). While it would be easierto see women wearing the 'Bindi' on a daily basis, men mostly reserve them for special occasions, especially religious ones.Modern interpretation has allowed the 'Bindi' to evolve into a designer accessory, worn by women of all religious orientationsin India. The more traditional red smear at the hairline at the top of the forehead is a dead giveaway that the woman ismarried!
Anit Kurian [Indian]A8:
Hindu tradition holds that all people have three eyes; the two outer eyes see the outside world while the third focusesinward. Men usually wear a tilak to signify this
during an important occasion - worship, marriage, festivals,embarking on a journey, etc.
I will be more than happy to answer that question. I am Indian, more precisely a South Indian. The redmark you talk of is a powder called 'kumkum' which is applied by both men and women, but mainly women. If you haveseen a man wearing one it would be under the following two circumstances,1. It might be a very religious or auspicious day and for that reason he is wearing it, i.e.: for a prayer in which both men andwomen wear kumkum2. In south India, the main caste is Brahmin. Brahmins are pure vegetarians and religion is a main part of their lives. It iscommon in South India for men to wear kumkum, especially Priests in temples. I would highly recommend that you visit atemple or to go talk to a south Indian man/woman and visit a temple with them. I am sure you will learn a lot from yourexperience. If you have any further questions, please do feel free to e-mail me. Thanks.
Gary. P [Hindu]A10:
That red mark is 'sindhoor' a red powder that the Pundit (Hindu priest) applies during religious ceremonies. It's likebeing blessed. It is given to men and women alike. I think you are confusing
tilak, which is given by the Hindu priest toboth men and women
, with the decorative 'bindi', which is a small sticker that women wear on their forehead, for fashion.They are two different substances, for different purposes.
The red dot - or Tilak is not gender specific. It is actually
a symbolic third eye
. Hindus usually get it put on by thehigh priest or even their mother or old person after a prayer session - 'Puja'. In simplistic terms it means: 'may god grantyou your desires and may you be blessed with foresight and uncommon vision to see your way around all the obstacles thatmay darken your path.'
Youth Conference 2012: Swami Vivekananda’s Message of Sustainable Living
Manifest the divinity within you
and everything will be harmoniously arranged around it." Swami Vivekananda April 11, 2012In the timeless Hindu tradition, each teacher was honored with a
tilak of roli (red powder)
and chawal (rice)
acknowledging the divinity present in them
and given flowers and a gift of a book.
EXTRACTTikka (forehead mark), a mark made on the forehead by Hindu Indians (also spelled Tilaka or Teeka or Teekka)
Tilak [Understanding Hinduism
Tilak is a mark of auspiciousness. It is put on the forehead with sandal paste, sacred ashes or kumkum (redturmeric). The devotees of Siva apply sacred ashes (Bhasma) on the forehead, the devotees of Vishnu applysandal paste (Chandan), and the worshippers of Devi or Shakti apply Kumkum, a red turmeric powder.
The scriptures say: 'A forehead without a Tilak, a woman without a husband, a Mantra the meaning of which is not knownwhile doing Japa (recitation), the head that does not bend before holy personages, a heart without mercy, a house without awell, a village without a temple, a country without a river, a society without a leader, wealth that is not given away incharity, a preceptor without a disciple, a country without justice, a king without an able minister, a woman not obedient toher husband, a well without water, a flower without smell, a soul devoid of holiness, a field without rains, an intellectwithout clearness, a disciple who does not consider his preceptor as a form of God, a body devoid of health, a custom(achar) without purity, austerity devoid of fellow-feeling, speech in which truth is not the basis, a country without goodpeople, work without wages, Sannyasa without renunciation, legs that have not performed pilgrimages, determinationunaided by Viveka or discrimination, a knife which is blunt, a cow that does not give milk, a spear without a point- all theseare worthy of condemnation. They exist for name’s sake only.'
From this you can imagine the importance of Tilak or the sacred mark.
Tilak is applied at the Ajna Chakra
, the space between the two eyebrows. It has a very cooling effect. Application of sandal paste has great medicinal value, apart from
the spiritual influence
. Application of sandal paste will nullify theheating effect when you concentrate and meditate at the Bhrumadhya.
Tilak indicates the point at which the spiritual