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From: Harini Raghavan (
Date: Tue Jun 20 2000 - 15:52:18 PDT

If you search in the bhakthi archives you will have a lot on Thirumann and 
especailly Sri Sadagopan has answered the question as to why the Lord wears 
ThirumaN in the Sept 95 archives.
I am cutting and pasting it for your information.
Though I couldn't find answers for your second question.


>From Sri Sadagopan
Why the Lord Wears ThirumaN?

Ramanuja is also known as Godhagraja or the elder  to Andaal based on an
incident that happpened at Thirumaaliruncholai ( Offering of the 1000 
vessels of
Akkaravadisal on behalf of Aandal). Ramanuja is also known as Thiuppavai 
because of the joy that he experienced in reciting Thiruppavai Verses and 
reverence he had for the Philosophy of Aandal. She , unlike other Azhwars
reminded Her Lord of his duties and  awakened from his slumber (Yoga nidra). 
reminded her Lord about his sworn duties to rescue the tormented Jeevans and
interceded on their behalf. Ramanuja in the spirit of Andaal might have put 
ThirumaN on the Lord to remind Him of His duties to use his  weapons to come 
the rescue of the Jeevans. I think however the practise of wearing ThirumaN 
to a time much before Ramanuja.

In conclusion, it can be said that Lord wears Thiruman not as His Lotus feet 
His forehead , but as an indication of the power of his weapons and His 
in every one of the directions to protect His devotees. When the Vaishnavas 
the Pundrams , they consider their body as being protected by His weapons 
and as
a temple for the Divine Couple. Thus , there  are two separate  reasons for 
ThirmaN wearing by the Lord and His devotees.


>From: "Srimahavishnu Vinjamuri" <>
>Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 09:55:33 -0700
>thiruvengada jeeyar thiruvadigale Saranam.
>dear Bhagavatas,
>Why does Perumal keep Thirumann on His forehead? one of
>my colleagues, a Srivaishnava, says that we do not have all the three lines 
>on the forehead of the image of Perumal in many temples and have only the 
>middle line. is it true?
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