Knowing The Hindu Symbols And What They Mean

  • 14 Aug 2019


Om or Aum is for Hindus the sacred sound frequency of the universe. This syllable is often repeated in mantras and represented by a symbol that looks like it has incorporated the number "3".

As it happens, the Om symbol represents important triad concepts which are:

  • The 3 Worlds - Earth, Atmosphere, and Heaven
  • The 3 Main Gods - Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva
  • The 3 Vedic Scriptures- Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda

Hitler's appropriation of this sacred sign is deplorable and you might find yourself having to clarify the swastika, whether clockwise or anti, actually represents peace and honesty for many Hindus, Buddhists and Jains.

The word "Swastika" is translated literally as "to be good" or "being with higher self." It is largely used in the opening of account books, doors, and thresholds to denote good fortune or as a sun symbol.

Sri Chakra or Sri Yantra

If you need to meditate, seek out this beautiful geometric design that resembles a mandala.

There are in total 9 interlocking triangles. Four of them are upright, to symbolise the masculine (Shiva) and 5 are inverted to represent the feminine (Shakti).

In 3D, it represents Mount Meru, believed to be located at the axis of the universe and a holy site for devotees to undertake their spiritual journeys.

Lotus (Padma)

The lotus flower is a common art motif in many Indian and Buddhist artworks as it symbolises purity, despite its existence rooted in muddy swamps.

This flower is considered unlike any other, exemplifying untouched beauty and non-attachment.

The Conch Shell

The conch is believed to be the instrument which was used to create the sound of the universe.

It is associated as one of the main emblems for Vishnu, the God of Preservation.

In ancient India, blowing of the conch symbolised a call to war, but the sound of it in temples today is primarily linked to rituals of worship.

Article Source: East Asian Cultures, Ancient Symbols
Photo Source: Esamskriti, East Asian Cultures, Metal Clays, Tarot Prophet, Live Mandu

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