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[sv-rituals] Re: Significance of NAmam

From: mani2 (mani_at_alum.calberkeley.org)
Date: Wed Apr 10 2002 - 11:50:22 PDT

Someone wrote that calling the Urdhva puNDra (tirumaN - SrIcUrNam)
"nAmam" is derogatory and without meaning. This is not true.
The tirumaN - SrIcUrNam are placed on twelve places on the body.
Each of these marks corresponds to one of the twelve names
(dvAdaSa-nAma) of Vishnu and Lakshmi.  Because of this it is
known as nAmam.  There is nothing wrong with this usage.

rAmAnuja dAsa
Mani




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