Literally, Tilaka means a mark. Tilak is a mark of auspiciousness, a mark generally made on the forehead, indicating a manâ€™s sectarian affiliation. The marks are made by hand or with a metal stamp, using ash from a sacrificial fire, sandalwood paste, turmeric, cow dung, clay, charcoal, or red lead. But the tilak, which is made with the soils collected from different places of pilgrimage has unlimited benefits. The Tilaka is normally a vermilion mark applied on the forehead. This mark has a religious significance and is a visible sign of a person as belonging to the Hindu religion. The Tilaka is of more than one color although normally it is vermilion. It also does not have any standard shape and form and is applied differently by members of different Hindu sects and sub-sects.