Why do we apply ‘Tilak’ on the forehead
We have often seen Indian people applying tilak on the forehead especially while going for some auspicious event of their life or while doing prayer. Maha Upanisad, Atharvana Upanishad, Puranas and Vedic Scriptures describe the importance of tilak. There are sampradayas (cultures) in Sanatan Dharm (Hindu Principles) which say energy, strength and divinity come to those who use tilak.
Tilak is played in between the two eyebrows where the Adnya-chakra exists as per the Yogic science and is a spot that is considered as a major nerve point in the human body where the highest number of neurons. People apply various types of tilaks on their forehead as Vishnu devotees apply Yellow(Chandan) tilak; Gaudiya, Devotees of Goddess Lakshmi apply Kumkum tilak, Lord Shiva devotees apply Ashes, etc and every ingredient has peculiarities in it. Here are scientific reasons behind it:
- The Tilak is believed to prevent the loss of “energy”, the red ‘kumkum’ between the eyebrows is said to retain energy in the human body and control the various levels of concentration. While applying kumkum the points on the mid-brow region and are automatically pressed. This also facilitates the blood supply to the face muscles.
- Beats insomnia which is why we have Ayuverdic practices like Shirodhara which focusses on dripping oil on the forehead.
- Clears sinuses, medically the joint also has a nerve (trigeminal) that when pressed clears sinuses by increasing the blood pressure to the nose.