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Swastika – Auspicious Symbol in Hinduism
Swastika Meaning and Significance
Swastika is perhaps the most controversial symbol in history. The swastika is an ancient symbol and very common in India. According to Wikipedia a Svastika is an equilateral cross with its arms bent at right angles in either right-facing form or its mirrored left-facing form. At times dots are also seen added between the arms. It is a religious symbol associated with Indian Culture and religions like Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism. In India this symbol is also used in the electoral ballet papers. One may also remember this as the Symbol of Nazism.
Swastik is believed to be an amalgam of the words Su and Asati. Su means 'good' and Asati meant 'to exist'. Therefore combined it means well-being, good fortune, luck, auspicious etc. This word is also seen spelled as suastika, swastika, sauwastika and svastica.
Swastika in Hinduism
Swastika symbol has a lot of relevance for people in India and has been used since Vedic times and for over 3,000 years. Swastika is considered to be a mark of auspiciousness and good fortune. Though, Swastik sign is adopted by people of all religions, but it is especially popular amongst the Hindus. The Swastika is considered extremely holy and auspicious by all Hindus and is regularly used to decorate items related to Hindu culture. For Hindus, the four limbs of Swastika denotes 4 Vedas( Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda), 4 Goals of life (virtue, success, pleasure and release from the world), 4 Stages of Life (Student, Householder, Retired person and Ascetic), 4 Directions (North, South, East and West), 4 Seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter), 4 Eras (Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dvapara Yuga and Kali Yuga), 4 Social classes (Priests, Warriors, Merchants and Workers) and 4 Paths of Yoga (Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga and Raja Yoga).
The reference to this symbol can be found in Vedas and Upanishads. Swastik symbol is quite often seen used in the art and architecture of Hindus. It is used in Hindu Temples, Puja Rituals, Yantras, Wedding Cards, Doorways, clothing and jewellery. In India, the Swastika is used in two forms, the right-handed Swastika and the left-handed Swastika. These two symbols represent the two forms of the creator Lord Brahma. The right-hand swastika is one of the 108 symbols of the god Vishnu. However, some people also believe that the two types of Swastik represent the two aspects - masculine and feminine. Swastik is also associated with Lord Ganesha and this Hindu Deity is often shown sitting on a lotus flower on a bed of swastikas or the symbol on his palms. Swastika design is drawn on the floor of Hindu Households to invoke Lord Ganesha’s blessings especially during festivals like Vinayaka Chaturthi. It is also the Symbol of the Sun God and represents in the rotation of its arms the course taken daily by the Sun and the Sign of rebirth.
The Swastik Symbol is widely used in Feng Shui and Vastu Shastra as a Symbol of auspiciousness, good fortune and protection.
Swasti Vacha Mantra : Lyrics
Swasti Vacha Mantra is a Mantra for Peace And Wellbeing.
"Om bhadram karnebhih shrunuyaam dewaah Bhadram pashyema akshabhir-yajatraah(a) Sthirair-angais-tushtuwansas-tanoo bhir Wyashema dewahitam yadaayuh Swasti na indro wrudhashrawaah(a) Swasti nah pushaa wishwawedah(a) Swasti nas tarkshyo arishtanemih Swasti no bruhaspatir dadhaatu. Om shanti shanti shantihiwasti Nah Pooshaa Vishwavedaah Swasti Nastaarkshyo Arishtanemih Swasti No Brihaspatir Dadhaatu Om Shantih, Shantih, Shantih"