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Date: Tue Oct 17 1995 - 15:01:33 PDT

In Srivaishnava tradition Prapatti is described as a marriage between
the individual asking for the Prapatti and Sriman Narayana.  Marriage
signifies service to the husband.  The husband that is served in this
case is Sriman Narayana.  While a woman no longer puts on a bottu if
she were to become a widow, the Srivaishnava Tilakam is put for life
as this marital relationship once established does not cease in this
world and beyond.