Swastika Symbol

Recently a friend of mine asked me that why did I add Swastika as my blog image. The reality is that when I painted the swastika, I did it very leisurely and felt so joyous after painting it and had thought that time to use it some where and not just keep in my collection and got a chance here. But now I would like to share more about its symbolic importance.

The Swastika
The Swastika

Swastika is an ancient symbol, said to exist even 5000 years ago.  It has been given so much importance and surrounded with positivity in religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The word swastika comes from Sanskrit, su means good, asti means to be and ka is a suffix. There is a extensive history behind it.

Much before the symbol was took up by Nazis, it represented good luck, power, sun and strength.  German nationalist around mid-nineteenth adopted the symbol as it was Aryan origins and could represent long Germanic history, which helped them to overcome the feeling of vulnerability. In the beginning of twentieth century, it became a common symbol of German nationalism. It was always a symbol of prosperity and good fortune, but also got the meaning of hate, death, evil and ruination attached to it because of Nazi’s flag.

 Swastika as seen on Nazi's flag
Swastika as seen on Nazi's flag

In some cultures, the anticlockwise swastika that is known as suavastika denotes bad luck, misfortune and sometimes night and magic. It is also related to Goddess Kali.

The swastika can be seen in many Hindu temples and is used as a symbol of prosperity in different Hindu rituals like marriage and festivals like Diwali.  It is generally drawn on the opening pages of account books. In Buddhism, a swastika represents resignation while in Jainism it delienated their seventh saint, and the four arms denote four possible places of rebirth that are as human, as plant or animal, in hell or in spirit world. The swastika is a symbol of life, joy, good fortune and prosperity.


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