Tripundra, believed to be a spiritual symbol in the tradition of Lord Shiva, consists of three horizontal lines and a red mark (usually dot) on the center line. The lines are made with the sacred ash (from the remains of the sacred fire) and the Tripundra is usually put on the forehead. Tripundra can be applied on other parts of the body too, like the hands or chest.
It is believed that whoever marks this symbol on their body is cleansed of all sins irrespective of whether they follow any other virtues or understand them. The three lines are a representation of three intentions of man, namely, Kriya shakti (power of work), Iccha shakti (power of the will) and Gyana shakti (power of knowledge). These are the 3 forms of Lord Shiva – Maheshwara, Sada Shiva and Mahadeva, hence the name ‘Tri’ meaning three.
As life is defined by three stages created by god – creation, sustenance and destruction. The tilak (red mark) on the center represents the unity of energy and matter and that mankind has to go through all the 3 stages of life. All the sins accumulated in this life and the previous can be removed by applying Tripundra.
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