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Popular Hindu scriptures like the sectarian (minor) Upaniṣads and the purāṇas ordain that every Hindu must wear a puṇḍra or a religious mark on the forehead as also on other parts of the body.
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This puṇḍra may be tiryakpuṇḍra (worn crosswise) like the bhasma (or vibhuti) or urdhvapuṇḍra like the nāma worn by the Vaiṣṇavas (followers of the Viṣṇu sects) or even just a tilaka (circular mark).
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Puṇḍra literally means ‘religious mark’.
See TIRYAKPUNDRA and URDHVA- PUNṇRA for details.
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Popular scriptures like the sectarian Upaniṣads and the [[purāṇas]] ordain that every person must wear a puṇḍra or a religious mark on the forehead and also on other parts of the body. This puṇḍra may be tiryakpuṇḍra<ref>Tiryakpuṇḍra is worn crosswise.</ref> like the [[bhasma]] or vibhuti or [[urdhvapuṇḍra]] like the nāma worn by the Vaiṣṇavas<ref>They are the followers of the [[Viṣṇu]] sects.</ref> or even just a tilaka.<ref>Tilaka means circular mark.</ref>
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==References==
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 01:07, 18 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Pundra, PuNDra, Pundra


Puṇḍra literally means ‘religious mark’.

Popular scriptures like the sectarian Upaniṣads and the purāṇas ordain that every person must wear a puṇḍra or a religious mark on the forehead and also on other parts of the body. This puṇḍra may be tiryakpuṇḍra[1] like the bhasma or vibhuti or urdhvapuṇḍra like the nāma worn by the Vaiṣṇavas[2] or even just a tilaka.[3]


References

  1. Tiryakpuṇḍra is worn crosswise.
  2. They are the followers of the Viṣṇu sects.
  3. Tilaka means circular mark.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore