A tilak is a mark worn on the forehead and other parts of the body for spiritual reasons. It is applied on the center
of the forehead between the eyebrows which is the location of the of ajna chakra or the third eye or the eye of wisdom.
The Vaishnavas wear this tilak marking to denote that they are devotees or servants of Vishnu by representing the lotus feet of Vishnu. A tilak also denotes the specific lineage of Vaishnavas. In the Gaudiya Vaishnava sampradaya the tilak is usually made out of mud or clay from Vrindavan where Lord Krishna has His pastimes.
This beautiful wooden tilak marker can be used to make clean markings by dipping in a tilak paste.
To make the paste, mix a little water with the tilak while chanting this mantra (prayer) :
ganga ca yamune caiva godavari saravati narmade sindho kaveri jale 'smin sannidhim kuru
"Oh Ganges, Oh Yamuna, Oh Godavari, Oh Sarasvati,
Oh Narmada, Oh Sindhu, Oh Kaveri, please become present in this
Mantras or prayers to be chanted while applying tilak :
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
Right shoulder – Om Trivikramaya namaha
Left belly – Om Vamanaya namaha
Left arm – Om Sridharaya namaha
Left shoulder – Om Hrishikeshaya namaha
Upperback – Om Padmanabhaya namaha
Lower back – Om Damodaraya namaha
On the Shikha (for men only) - Om Vasudevaya namaha