Forehead Stamp

Ever imagined how beautiful it can be to have a sandalwood-made ancient-scripted copper-wire-made stamp on your forehead that proves your authentication for spiritual enlightenment?

If you are in India, the scene in the first photograph is a very common sight around the temples. On my trip to Theur to get the blessings of Lord Ganesh's Chintamani Avtar (one of the 8 avtars called as Ashtavinayak), I was able to photograph this cute boy offering the forehead stamps.

The second photograph shows how it looks after applying :)




23 comments :

  1. Beautiful!
    Is it to be recognized by others or is it a personal approach towards your beliefs?

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  2. I imagine this to be a beautiful experience. Thank you.

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  3. I don't think this is something I would crave, but it does look kind of cool. It's an interesting tradition. The little boy applying the stamps is indeed a cute kid.

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  4. It's a personal approach Thérèse.

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  5. Now I know about these forehead images!
    Thank you.
    Aloha & Namaste from Hawaii, kind SIR

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  6. i like sandalwood it smells so good :)beautiful shot ! Thanks for your comment !

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  7. Yes, thats an idea.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  8. No thanks, I will pass that by! It's not for me.

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  9. Both shots are fantastic, although the 1st one is my favourite. Great work indeed!

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  10. this looks like a great spiritual experience filled with deep meaning. Lovely!

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  11. Hey, That lil boy is cute.. If you have shot that pic then I must appreciate...
    Well, your this post revived one of my memory... While we were on Pandharpoor tour , we saw a similar tradition there too.. But my dad kept running away from there boys thinking that sandlewood might be adultrared and would cause us some skin prob.. Afterwords, all I remember is, All of us (aound 7 people) just kept running away with a wide laugh mixed with some fear :)

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  12. Really interesting, I'm with JM - the 1st is great. Thanks for sharing and thanks for nice comment on my blog:)

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  13. Great photos and so interesting to know.

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  14. Friend,your images and words absolutely fantastic. That lens is a mind-blowing. By the way, I captured those sculptures in National Gallery of Modern Arts, New Delhi

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  15. Wonderful portrait photography. Interesting to learn this culture, thank you!

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  16. Hello!
    Congratulations, your blog is wonderful!
    This post is very beautiful mainly the first picture!
    It's so interesting meet new cultures!
    I would like to thank you for so kind visit in Luna's blog, our kitty!
    Kind Regards
    Léia

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  17. I have seen this in the forehead of all my pious Hindu friends, but now I know how they do it as well (I didn't know that before).

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  18. I can imagine the beauty and the meaning of this, or at least try to! Happy to learn about it! (I happen to have a small Hindu temple, found in Paris, on my blog today!)

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  19. Bhavesh: That is an interesting look into your spiritual practice.

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  20. Hello,thank tou for visiting my blog.
    You are always welcome.

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