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Symbols worn by Vaisnavas on the Body

From: Eswar Josyula (
Date: Tue Sep 19 1995 - 06:42:52 PDT

Can somebody explain the Vaisnava namaalu, that is the symbols on the
different parts of the body?  What is the material used, what is the
significance of each symbol and its location.  Any personal experiences
that you can recount.