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Shot @ a temple in Kanchipuram
Sricharanam Alias Naamam:
Sricharanam is a misnomer for the word SrichurNam. SrichurNam is the red namam in the middle of the white namas(ThirumaN) that is adorned by members of the Sri Vaishnava tradition (includes Pancharatra,Vaikhanasa, Bhagavada Srivaishnavas). Refer Parashara Smriti which gives a very detailed explanation on ThirumaN, SrichurNam, where to wear, when to wear, how to wear and what should be chanted while wearing the same.
The Sanskrit word Churnam means a powder(mixture). This particular Churnam, dark orange in color is made of special traditional biological components that are meant to have positive scientific and spiritual impact on the 'Agna chakra' (at the temple on the forehead). As it represents the goddess mahalakshmi(Sri) this Churnam is often called as Sri-Churnam. In order to understand its significance one must understand the overall facts behind ThirumaN "the holy clay". Besides being a paraphernalia or an identification, The ThirumaN (the white marks) SrichurNam has high impact on improving ones spiritual prowess.
The SrichurNam, which traditionally signified the wearer's devotion to lord Vishnu, is also an important identifying mark. Iyengars are a caste of Tamil Brahmins in India who are over 600000 in number. Worn by a priest, ascetic, or worshiper it shows the Hindu tradition (sampradaya) he follows. Looking at the Thiruman SrichurNam, it is even possible to identify the Iyengar subsect to which the wearer belongs.
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