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14 Symbols generally used Hinduism

Shubha Labha Symbol

Here are the list of 14 symbols which are generally used in hinduism in day to day life.

1. Swastika :
The swastika is well-recognized as an important Hindu symbol. It represents God (the Brahman) in his universal manifestation, and energy (Shakti). It represents the four directions of the world (the four faces of Brahma). It also represents the Purushartha: Dharma (natural order), Artha (wealth), Kama (desire), and Moksha (liberation). The swastika symbol is traced with sindoor during Hindu religious rites.

Swastika Hinduism
Swastika Hinduism

2. Aum or Om:
The goal which all the Vedas declare, which all austerities aim at,  and which men desire when they lead the life of continence … is Om. This  syllable Om is indeed Brahman. Whosoever knows this syllable obtains  all that he desires. This is the best support; this is the highest  support. Whosoever knows this support is adored in the world of Brahma.

-Katha Upanishada.

Aum or Om in Hinduism
Aum or Om in Hinduism

 

3. Gopadma:
Gopadma
Symbol to show Cow’s feet. Symbol of purity, motherhood and ahimsa (non-violence)

Gopadma In Rangoli
Gopadma In Rangoli


4. Sri Chakra Yantra:

Sri Chakra Yantra of Tripura Sundari (commonly referred to as Sri Yantra) is a mandala formed by nine interlocking triangles. Four of these triangles are oriented upright, representing Shiva or the Masculine. Five of these triangles are inverted triangles representing Shakti, or the Feminine. Together, the nine triangles form a web symbolic of the entire cosmos, a womb symbolic of creation, and together express Advaita Vedanta or non-duality. All other yantras are derivatives of this supreme yantra.

Hinduism symbol of Sri Chakra Yantra
Hindu symbol of Sri Chakra Yantra

 

5. Conch:
The conch shell is a major Hindu article of prayer, used as a trumpeting announcement of all sorts. The God of Preservation, Vishnu, is said to hold a special conch, Panchajanya, that represents life as it has come out of life-giving waters.

Conch In Hinduism
Conch In Hinduism


In the story of Dhruva the divine conch plays a special part. The warriors of ancient India would blow conch shells to announce battle, such as is famously represented in the beginning of the war of Kurukshetra in the Mahabharata, a famous Hindu epic.

6. Saraswati:
Symbol Of Education Relief.

Saraswati Symbol
Saraswati Symbol


7. Foot Prints of Goddess Lakshmi
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Foot Prints of Goddess Lakshmi
Foot Prints of Goddess Lakshmi

 

8. Shatkon:
Shatkona, “six-pointed star,” is two interlocking  triangles; the upper stands for Siva, ‘purusha’ (male energy) and fire,  the lower for Shakti, ‘prakriti’ (female power) and water. Their union  gives birth to Sanatkumara, whose sacred number is six.

Shatkon
Shatkon

 

9. The Lotus (PADMA):
The lotus symbol (or its petals) is both a symbol of purity and variety, every lotus petal representing a distinct aspect. The inclusion of a lotus in a YANTRA represents freedom from multiple interference with the exterior (purity) and expresses the absolute force of the Supreme Self.

Lotus or Padma Symbol
Lotus or Padma Symbol

10. Tripundra :
Tripundra is a Saivite’s great mark, three stripes of  white vibhuti on the brow. This holy ash signifies purity and the  burning away of anava, karma and maya. The bindu, or dot, at the third  eye quickens spiritual insight.

Tripundra Symbol
Tripundra Symbol

 

11. Shubha Labha:
The literal meanings of the names give you a sense of upliftment. Shubh means goodness and Labh means benefit.

Shubha Labha Symbol
Shubha Labha Symbol


12. Kalasha:

The Kalasha is considered a symbol of abundance and “source of life” in the Vedas.

Kalasha Symbol
Kalasha Symbol

 

 

13. Namaste:
Namaste, Hands in prayer also known as Anjali gesture is a sign of respect for the sacred, that which is dear to the heart .

namaskar the Anjali gesture
namaskar the Anjali gesture

14. Diya:
Dipa, Diya, Diva, lamp is a symbol of light.

Diya Symbol
Diya Symbol

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