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TilakTilak Forehead Mark
Tilak is applied on the forehead as a mark / symbol of auspiciousness in Hindu religion. Read about the tradition of applying Tilaka.


The forehead mark Tilak has a lot of significance in India, as it is believed to be associated with good luck. Tilak is applied on the space between the eyebrows, which is referred to as Ajna Chakra. The Hindu symbol Tilak stands for victory, success and good fortune. The tradition of applying Tilaka is being practiced since ages. There are different kinds of tilak; some are made by using sandal paste, while others use kumkum, sacred ashes (vibhuti) and turmeric. In many Hindu families, Tilaka is worn on a daily basis, before stepping out of house to ensure health and safety. While other people wear it on specific religious occasions.

Significance of Tilak
There are different types of Tilak, each differing in its significance. Tilak is worn on the Ajna Chakra, the centre of forehead, on the space between the eyebrows. Tilak is applied on the point at which the third eye or the spiritual eye is believed to open.

Types of Tilak
As per the traditions of Hindus, there are varied kinds of Tilak, each having its distinctive importance. Regarded as the sign of good luck and prosperity, Tilak is applied on the forehead. The forehead mark Tilak can be made by using sandal paste, turmeric, holy ashes (Vibhuti) or kumkum. The worshippers of Lord Shiva called Saivites apply tilak made out of sacred ashes, since it symbolizes purity, consecration and sanctification.

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