Back to Roots : 22 Swatik

Something’s have stood around for hundreds of years, do much so that we take it’s existence for granted,and don’t care much to know the story behind it.

Hinduism,is synonymous to Swastik,it’s the symbol of peace and prosperity.Which is why every hindu homes adorn the design on their doors.

‘Swastika’ is a Sanskrit word (‘svasktika’) which means, ‘Well Being’, ‘Good Existence, and ‘Good Luck’. Su is good and asti means to prevail.

It is also said to represent 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).

Its source and the imagery can be traced back to the 5000-year-old Indus Valley, Sindhu-Sarasvati civilization.

The swastika symbol looks like four arms emerging from a center and swirling in a particular direction. It resembles a rotating disc.

Different civilizations have attributed varied reasons for its four arms depiction . Some have connected them with four primordial elements namely earth, water, fire, air. Some associate its four arms with the four directions, some with the four Vedas, while some with the four seasons.

It’s one of scared and very powerful symbols. But if not drawn carefully it can have negative impact. The presence of this symbol is seen throughout Asia, and in religions as well. So in Hinduism, the right-hand swastika illustrated below is a symbol of the God Vishnu and the Sun, while the left-hand swastika is a symbol of Kali and Magic.

It is said in Buddhism, the swastika is a symbol of good fortune, prosperity, abundance and eternity. It is directly related to Buddha and can be found carved on statues on the soles of his feet and on his heart. It is said that it contains Buddha’s mind.

It is traced with the finger with sindoor on the head or body during Hindu religious rites, and on doors on festival days. Today,it adorns all homes and protects them from evil eye.

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