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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Swastika graphics from India

The Swastika is an Indian sacred symbol with a positive meaning and dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization (a 3000 year civilization) of the sub-continent. It is a sacred symbol and motif of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. It is also used by other eastern civilizations in the positive sense. The word "swastika" is Sanskrit in origin, and means a lucky or auspicious object, and denotes good luck. It is unfortunate that the evil people in the west distorted the symbol and used it for nefarious ends.

This has not changed the positive significance of the symbol for other cultures. For Hindus, it's almost like the Cross is to Christians.

Indian swastika

The image of the Swastika has been given different style in the photos below.

swastika graphic art

The Swastika motif against a dark background.
swastika graphic art

A red swastika symbol portrayed as if it were etched into stone.
swastika graphic art

The photo below has a textured look.
swastika graphic art

This Swastika looks like neon sign.
swastika graphic art

swastika graphic art

A light greenish blue Swastika symbol against a blue background.
swastika graphic art

This Swastika is another one to give the impression that it is carved in stone.
swastika graphic art

I think western civilisation should learn to respect this symbol, because if one looks carefully it is quite different from the Nazi symbol. Education is the key.

For more religious symbols from Hinduism: Paduka or Guru's feet or Shiva Pindi or Lingam
More related viewing: Priest performing a Pooja or Hanuman Temple

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