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Hindu Symbols - The Hindu religion has been practiced for 3,500 years and religious followers of Hinduism worship many gods. Apart from worshipping several gods, Hinduism also includes traditions and mythology. Important religious symbols include Ganesha, the Cow as well as several objects of worship known as 'puja' - Hindu Symbols

A comprehensive guide to symbols of the Hindu faith.

Discover the history and religious beliefs surrounding a selection of Hindu Symbols. Read about the the meaning of a wide range of Hindu Symbols including: Ganesha, The Cow and the OM Symbol.

Hinduism is one of the oldest religious beliefs in the world and the main religion of India. The religion has been practiced for 3,500 years and religious followers of Hinduism worship many gods. Apart from worshipping several gods, Hinduism also includes traditions and mythology. Important religious symbols include Ganesha, the Cow as well as several objects of worship known as 'puja'.

 

Hindu Symbols - Meaning
Hinduism is just one of many religions worshipped all over the world, most of its followers live in India and Nepal. The term Hinduism is used when describing followers of the Hindu religion however most followers refer to themselves as 'sanatana dharma' which means external law or religion. Hindu Symbols are a vital part of Hinduism, they are objects that followers worship and pray to. They are tools for teaching the religion to others and items are often passed down from generation to generation. Each individual Hindu religious symbol has its own deep significance.

Hindu Symbols - Cow

  • The cow is sacred to followers of the Hindu religion and is a symbol of fertility
     
  • Slaughter of a cow is banned in the Hindu faith
     
  • The cow is an important animal in India as a food source (milk)
     
  • Each of the cows four legs represents on of the four castes
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  • The God of war, Indra is the leader of the Devas and Lord of Svargaloka in the Hindu religion. His mount is called Airavata, a mythological white elephant

  • The Vajra meaning thunderbolt and diamond is a is a Hindu symbolic ritual object. The Vajra symbolizes the proprieties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a thunderbolt (irresistible force)

  • Brahman is the supreme being in Hinduism and the source of life

  • The cow is a sacred Hindu symbol and considered a fertility symbol

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  • The Hindu festival of light is called 'Divwali' and symbolizes good over evil

  • The Hindu amulet 'Vishnupada' is the image of Vishnu's footprint

  • Hindu's use a prayer stand called a mala to pray mantras or chants

  • To save humankind from floods, Vishnu appeared as the fish Matsya to reveal the holy scriptures, the Vedas

  • The goddess Shakti is known as 'The Great Divine Mother' in Hinduism

  • In Hinduism the system of worship is known as Puja

  • The Hindu god of the sun is known as Surya

  • The Hindu triad, also known as Great Trinity or Trimurti is a concept where the three functions of Creation, Maintenance and destruction are represented by Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the preserver) and Shiva (the destroyer)

Hindu Symbols - Goddesses
There are many important goddess symbols in the Hindu religion, these include:

  • Parvati -  The goddess of nature

  • Mahadevi - The Hindu mother goddess

  • Durga - The warrior goddess

  • Shakti - Also known as Devi, the divine mother goddess

  • Shiva - The destroyer goddess

  • Saraswati - The goddess of knowledge, music, arts and science

Hindu Symbols - Gods
There are many important gods in the Hindu religion, two of the most important are Vishu known as the preserver or supreme being and Brahma, the creator god. Other important gods in the Hindu religion are: Trimurti, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Parvati, Shakti, Durga, Ayyappa, Rama, Krishna,Bhumi, Varuna and Vayu

Hindu Symbols - Sects
There are several sects of Hinduism, the main ones are:

  • Shaivism. The word translates as "associated with Shiva" and its followers revere the god Shiva as the Supreme Being. Its followers are known as "Shaivas" or "Saivas

  • Vaishnavism. Followers refer the supreme being Vishnu, other important gods or deities in Vaishnavism are Krishna, Rama, Kalki and Matsya

  • Shaktism. Followers of the divine mother goddess, Devi also known as Shakti.

Hindu Symbols - Definition of Belief
Being religious is defined as the outward act or form by which a person indicates their recognition of the existence of a god or of gods having power over their destiny, to whom obedience, service, and honor are due. Having a religious belief or faith is being in awe of some superhuman and overruling power, whether by profession of belief, by observance of rites and ceremonies, or by the conduct of life. Religion is a framework of beliefs relating to supernatural or superhuman beings or forces that transcend the everyday material world. Being religious is to have a strong belief, a faith in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality".

Dream Explanation - Hindu Symbols
Dreaming that you are deeply religious, foretells of a negative turn to your business affairs and a disruption to your life. Dreaming that you are over religious means that your goody goody character will repulsed your lover or mate.

Hindu Symbols - Spirituality
Discover facts and information about a huge range of spiritual and religious emblems and signs. Read about each individual emblem and its significance to the Hindu faith. What is the significance of the OM symbol? Why is the cow considered sacred? Find out interesting facts about the Hindu mythology. Discover the answers to these questions and many more, a useful educational resource for everyone.

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