Anamika S Jain is a Social Media Consultant and Blogger. She is passionate about topics like Alternative Health Therapies and Hindu Mantras.
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"
Swasti Vacha Mantra
John Nevere on May 16, 2014:
American Indian have such a symbol that was brought over to them by the whites but there are no such word in their languages.
John Nevere on May 16, 2014:
I see many references to Aryans, Hinduism, Swastika, Sanskrit language etc but I don't see any references to the Indus Script. Hey , Indian Revisionists where are you? So now you know that the Aryans brought the chariot, the horse, the wheel, the rite of cremation and the Vedas and the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. Oh, now, I know the Aryans didn't invade India but migrated to it. Did you know that Eire or Erin means Arya which is today's Ireland , that Iran means Arya, and India means Arya or Aryavarta and that the three countries have the same colors of the national flag.
John Nevere on May 16, 2014:
That swastika with the four red dots was also found in the ruins of Troy.
Abdus Salam from Bangladesh on May 21, 2013:
interesting hub. thanks for sharing..
Indian Chef from New Delhi India on May 21, 2013:
Anamika as lens said Hitler used them but then he also tarnished our Aryan race. It is not fault of the symbol but of Hitler and western people who do not know any history and yet are first to ban things because someone used it. About the hub it is great and voting it up, awesome, interesting and sharing with followers.
Lizzielikestea on April 30, 2013:
Swastika is also a native American symbol too, so I read.
Ajay Thaker on October 25, 2011:
Hitler had sent Himler to north India to steal the ancient texts..to develop his ambitions of scientific researches in order to gain power and strength.He liked and implemented swastika as his identity. Even to date the Indian scholars have to go to Germany to get the highest degree in Sanskrit....
Multiman on February 11, 2011:
To bad for Hitler and his misuse of the symbol, but then again when looking on the Inquisition and Crusades there is not much good can be said for the cross, but the real meaning of the symbol in both cases contains good.
chirag on May 20, 2010:
swastika can be used by folks like hitler for whatever reason but it has been a sign of peace for all hindus and aryans for the longest time. Even before hitler was born and many thousands of years before so.....:)
hillbilly bob on January 21, 2010:
that is good information
Ganesh on November 17, 2009:
Hitler is an aberration of recent western history. The Nazi history is very short and recent, while Svastika has been around and considered holy among Hindus, Jains, Buddhists for many centuries. The people of the European origin should look beyond the recent twisted history and understand what Svastika is all about.
Holle Abee from Georgia on November 09, 2009:
Great info! I think the ancient Celts had a similar symbol, too.
Anamika S Jain (author) from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on November 01, 2009:
You are right. But the Nazi Symbol has a different look when compared to the one used in Hinduism. Thanks for the Comments.
LensMan999 from Trans-Neptunian region on November 01, 2009:
Hitler also used such symbols to promote his racist community