Madhya-lilaChapter 20: Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu Instructs Sanatana Gosvami in the Science of the Absolute Truth

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Madhya 20.202

dvadasa-tilaka-mantra ei dvadasa nama

acamane ei name sparsi tat-tat-sthana

SYNONYMS

dvadasa-tilaka -- for twelve marks of tilaka; mantra -- the mantra; ei -- these; dvadasa nama -- twelve names; acamane -- in washing with water; ei name -- with these names; sparsi -- we touch; tat-tat-sthana -- the respective places.

TRANSLATION

"When putting the twelve tilaka marks on the twelve places of the body, one has to chant the mantra consisting of these twelve Vishnu names. After daily worship, when one anoints the different parts of the body with water, these names should be chanted as one touches each part of the body.

PURPORT

While marking the body with tilaka, one should chant the following mantra, which consists oftwelve names of Lord Vishnu:

lalate kesavam dhyayen narayanam athodare

vakshah-sthale madhavam tu govindam kantha-kupake

vishnum ca dakshine kukshau bahau ca madhusudanam

trivikramam kandhare tu vamanam vama-parsvake

sridharam vama-bahau tu hrishikesam tu kandhare

prishthe ca padmanabham ca katyam damodaram nyaset

"When one marks the forehead with tilaka, he must remember Kesava. When one marks the lower abdomen, he must remember Narayana. For the chest, one should remember Madhava, and when marking the hollow of the neck one should remember Govinda. Lord Vishnu should be remembered while marking the right side of the belly, and Madhusudana should be remembered when marking the right arm. Trivikrama should be remembered when marking the right shoulder, and Vamana should be remembered when marking the left side of the belly. Sridhara should be remembered while marking the left arm, and Hrishikesa should be remembered when marking the left shoulder. Padmanabha and Damodara should be remembered when marking the back."

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