Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism

Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism
The Eight Auspicious

See More:

Symbols of Buddhism

In Buddhism, the Eight Auspicious Symbols (Ashtamangala in Sanskrit) are a group of lucky symbols that appear on many Buddhist textiles, objects and paintings. Each symbol represents an aspect of Buddhist teaching and when they appear together, their powers are multiplied.

The symbols derive from Indian iconography and have become especially popular in Tibetan Buddhism. Clink a link below for a full article and illustration of each Auspicious Symbol.

Parasol (chattra) - royalty and spiritual power

Golden Fishes (suvarnamatsya) - good fortune, fertility and salvation

Treasure Vase (kalasha) - spiritual and material abundance

Lotus (padma) - mental and spiritual purity

Conch Shell (sankha) - the fame of Buddha's teachings

Endless Knot (shrivasta) - infinite wisdom of the Buddha

Victory Banner (dhvaja) - victory of the Buddha's teachings and wisdom over ignorance

Wheel (dharmachakra) - the teachings of the Buddha

Recommended for You

More on Buddhism

More Religious Beliefs

World Religions - Main pages

Buddhist fast facts

Buddhist history

Buddhist holidays

Buddhist practices

Buddhist sects

Buddhist symbols

Buddhist texts


Bahai beliefs

Christian beliefs

Hindu beliefs

Islamic beliefs

Jehovah's Witnesses beliefs

Jewish beliefs

Mormon beliefs

Taoism beliefs






Jehovah's Witnesses



  1. Meher McArthur, Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols (Thames & Hudson, 2004), 45.
  2. "The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism: A Study in Spiritual Evolution" - Exotic India Art (2003).

© 2004-2015 ReligionFacts. All rights reserved. | About Us | How to Cite | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Advertising Info
Site created with Dreamweaver. Web hosting by Blue Host. Menu powered by Milonic.
Religions: Religion Comparison Chart | Bahá'í | Buddhism | Chinese Religion | Christianity | Confucianism | Hinduism | Islam | Jehovah's Witnesses | Judaism | Mormonism | Rastafarianism | Scientology | Shinto | Taoism
Features: Big Religion Chart | Religions A-Z | Religious Symbols Gallery
ReligionFacts provides free, objective information on religion, world religions, comparative religion and religious topics.