Hinduism uses a variety of symbols to convey messages. These symbols are not empty signs or rituals. Each has a deep significance and meaning. Here are some of the symbols and their significance in Hinduism.
Om is believed to be the primordial sound that reverberates throughout the universe. All Hindu prayers and invocations to deities begin with Om. The symbol of Om is present in all Hindu temples and worship rooms in houses.
Another sacred symbol of the Hindus is the Swastika. This symbol came to be known worldwide after the Nazis used it during their reign. The word ‘Swastika’ combines two Sanskrit words which together mean ‘May Good Prevail’.
Saffron symbolizes Agni or fire. Vedic rites used fires extensively. The saffron color is also holy also by Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists. Sikhs consider the saffron color to have militant qualities. Hindu and Buddhist monks wear saffron robes, which indicate that they have renounced material life.
The Lotus symbol represents non-attachment and beauty. Even though the lotus flower grows out of mud and floats on water, it does not become muddy or wet. This tells us Hindus that they should live with detachment to materialistic objects to gain liberation from the cycle of birth and death.
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