The sacred vibhuti ash reminds the devotee to avoid egotistical and worldly longings. It is sometimes worn with a red dot on the forehead as a reminder that the universe is formed by Shiva and shakti.
Wearing vibhuti is mandatory for the devotees of Shiva. It is also sometimes worn on the chest, arms and stomach. It is believed that great yogis, saints and gurus should wear tripundra made from vibhuti at all times.
Vibhuti may also be made from cow dung, called gomaya, cremation ashes or rice husks.