Get App
AstrologyEnglishHindu Culture

Religious Significance of Tilak on Forehead in Hinduism

By October 28, 2020October 27th, 2023No Comments
Wearing Tilaka on Forehead

Nowadays, people think that old Hindu customs and traditions are nothing but blind superstitions. However, this is not true. We tend to look beyond the fact of customs and traditions and consider these as pushy. However, when we do a little digging based on science, sometimes even we get shocked. Scientific research shows that apart from holding religious significance, these traditions also have scientific significance. One such thing is Tilak on Forehead. 

At the beginning of any ceremony or puja, a priest or our elders put a Tilak on our forehead. Well, we all love that. Makes us feel nothing less than a king or queen. However, do you know that putting tilak, as good as it looks, has some scientific benefits as well? Yes, it is true. Putting a tilak has a lot of religious importance, and along with this, it also has a lot of scientific benefits. Moreover, From cooling an individual’s mind to preventing the loss of energy, Tilak does it all. If you are curious to know the religious as well as scientific benefits of putting tilak, then continue reading the blog for the same.

English CTR

Tilak on Forehead: The Mark of Hindu Identity

What is Tilak? Tilak meaning simply a forehead mark made by using kumkum, sandal paste, turmeric, or holy ashes, a.k.a. vibhuti. As per Hindu traditions, different people wear different tilakas on their foreheads. Actually, Tilak forehead is a sign of good luck and prosperity. That is why a hardcore believer of Hinduism likes to put on a particular tilak type. It is easy to see priests, sadhus, monks, and temple visitors wear a specific forehead mark.

All Hindus wear tilakas as a holy activity and a way to get closer to the Almighty. Now, Let’s read the content and find out different types of tilakas, the significance of wearing them and the Scientific Reason behind Tilaks on the Forehead. As its name suggests, one of the major significance of tilak is that it is a mark of Hindu identity. It is applied on the forehead with a particular, colourful powder or paste.

Primarily, people apply tilaka in the mid-brow region where Sagun Parameshwara dwells. It is simply a way to respect, worship, and revere Sagun Parameshwara. There are lots of pastes and powders like chandan, roli, sandal paste, kumkum, sindoor, and ash that one can use to smear a mark on his/her forehead with a few grains of rice. So, it is simply a mark of worship to the almighty.

Also Read: 7 Important Benefits Of Wearing Rudraksha Mala

The place between two eyes on the forehead is a specific area where tilaka is applied. This place is known as ‘Marmasthan,’ ‘Aajnaa chakra,‘ or ‘command circle.’ People wear tilaka on a daily basis or on distinct religious occasions. Interestingly, it varies as per religious sects, lord worshipped, and caste of devotees.

Additionally, The Shaivite (followers) of Lord Shiva wear Tripundra or three horizontal lines of bhasma. The Vaishnava (followers) of Lord Vishnu wear a ‘V’ shape on their forehead. Wearing tilak has some cooling effects and medicinal value.

Types Of Tilak on Forehead 

Hindu Tilak is not just of one type; it has many forms. From different colours to shapes and styles. Moreover, Tilaks have a lot of types. Additionally, let us discuss some major types of Tilaks on forehead. Different tilak shapes are as follows: 

  • Brahmin – A white Tilak on forehead, Chandan mark as a sign of purity.
  • Kshatriya – A red tilak on forehead, Kumkum mark as a sign of valour.
  • Vaishya – A yellow tilak on forehead, Kesar or turmeric mark as a sign of prosperity.
  • Sudra – A black tika on forehead, Bhasma or Kasturi as a sign of service. 
  • Brahma Sampradaya is a type of forehead tilak that starts from the top of your forehead and continues to the middle of your nose using Chandan. There are a lot of chandan tilak benefits. This chandan tilak on forehead benefits include helping in calming an individual’s mind, cooling the forehead, preventing from getting a heat stroke and so on. 
  • Vishnu Tilak is another form of tilak that many people wear. It is a tilak that uses chandan. It is U shaped. However, many people also put a kumkum tilak line between the U. 
  • Shiva Tilak is a very common tilak. The trial involves forming 3 vertical line son one’s forehead. Moreover, there is a Kumkum circular bindi placed in the centre. 

Scientific Reasons Behind Tilak on Forehead

Tilak holds a lot of religious value. However, it is also proven in studies that it has scientific benefits as well. Let us have a look at these benefits. The following are some unique scientific reasons to apply tilaka. These include:

  • Tilak cools the forehead, stops the loss of energy, and protects us.
  • Kumkum or vermilion reduces stress and fatigue.
  • Turmeric protects the body’s aura, promotes good health, and removes negative energies.
  • Calcinated Bhasma shields the body against free radical damage.

Mantras For Tilak on Forehead

When it comes to wearing a tilaka, the Holy Scriptures guide devotees in the right direction. Applying tilak is not enough to win the grace of the almighty; Lord Vishnu’s followers also need to chant these mantras. However, even if you fail to chant this mantra, this tilaka helps you get the blessing of God and protects you against all evils. These mantras are as follows: 

  • Forehead – Om keshavaya namaha
  • Belly – Om narayanaya namaha
  • Chest – Om madhavaya namaha
  • Neck – Om govindaya namaha
  • Right belly – Om vishnave namaha
  • Right arm – Om madhusudhanaya namaha
  • Left belly – Om vamanaya namaha
  • Left-arm – Om shridharaya namaha
  • Left shoulder – Om hrishikeshaya namaha
  • Upper back – Om padmanabhaya namaha
  • Right shoulder – Om trivikramaya namaha
  • Lower back – Om damodaraya namaha

Moreover, if you need to understand the significance and practice of wearing tilaka in detail, talk to professional astrologers on an online Vedic astrology website. Ask a certified astrologer about Karamkanda methods and the utility of applying tilaka on the forehead as per Hindu tradition.


There you have it, people! All the benefits that you need to know about putting a hindu Tilak. These are religious as well as scientifically proven benefits of putting a tilak. Moreover, if you like this blog and want more such interesting and exciting blogs, then check instaAstro’s website or download the app. Additionally, there, you can read many such interesting and informative blogs that will help you extinguish your curiosity.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Which tilak is best?

Tilaks are of many types. People have formed different tilaks based on religious and social differences. However, one of the best tilaks to use is the one of Chandan. Chandan tilaks are universally accepted. Moreover, they have a lot of benefits as well.

2. What is tilak?

Tilak, or Tika, is a symbol of religious importance in Hinduism. Additionally, it is a mark made of certain substances like Chandan or Kumkum. It is put in the middle of the forehead.

3. Which finger is used for tilak?

The third finger, A.K.A, the ring finger, is used for putting a tilak. Moreover, it is considered one of the most auspicious fingers. Moreover, along with this, some people also use the index finger and the thumb to put a tilak to the tika.

4. What is the significance of lord krishna tilak?

Lord krishna Tilak is a special form of tilak worn by the devotees of Lord Krishna. Moreover, the tilak continues from the top of an individual’s forehead to the middle of their nose. Moreover, they also hold importance as this tilak is said to represent the form of Krishna’s Lotus feet.

5. What are the benefits of applying tilak on forehead?

Applying a Tilak on the forehead is known to calm an individual. Moreover, it also helps in preventing the loss of energy from an individual. The tilak also significantly helps in preventing an individual from getting a heat stroke.

6. What is used in black tilak?

Black tilaks, in ancient, were generally worn by Shudra people. They tend to symbolize a sense of service towards others. A black tilak is basically a form of bhasma or kasturi.

Also Read: Navagraha: Nine Mighty Planets Dominating All Birth Charts

For interesting Astrological Facts and Videos, follow us on Instagram and read your daily horoscope.

Get in touch with an Astrologer through Call or Chat, and get accurate predictions.

Neeraj Kumar

About Neeraj Kumar

An astrology enthusiast, avid writer, and content curator who loves to see how stars predict fortune beyond this metaphysical world.

Leave a Reply