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Hindu Ritual Objects

This section explores the history, meaning and use of a variety of Hindu sacred objects, ritual items and other "things" that are found in Hindu art, ritual and daily life. See Hindu Symbols for things that are usually depicted in art rather than used in their physical form (like the lotus).

  • Shiva Linga

    ## What is a Shiva Linga? In Hinduism, the linga or lingam (Sanskrit for "symbol") is the symbol of the god Shiva and the form in which he is most commonly worshipped... full article →
  • Tilak

    ## What is Tilak? In Hinduism, the tilak (Sanskrit tilaka, “mark”) is a mark made on a Hindu's forehead. On a man, the tilak takes the form of a line or lines and usually indicates his sectarian affiliation... full article →
  • bindi

    ## What is a Bindi? One of the most recognizable items in Hinduism is the bindi, a dot worn on women's foreheads. It is a form of the tilak, a symbolic mark worn by many Hindu men and women, but has less religious connotations than other tilaks... full article →