Sacred Objects and Ritual Items


What is Sacred in Hinduism?

This section explores the history, meaning and use of a variety of Hindu sacred objects, ritual items and other "things" that are found in Hindu art, ritual and daily life. See the Hindu Symbols section for things that are usually depicted in art rather than used in their physical form (like the lotus).


  • Bindi in Hinduismhttp://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/objects/bindi

    What is a Bindi? One of the most recognizable items in Hinduism is the bindi, a dot worn on women's foreheads. It is a form of the tilak, a symbolic mark worn by many Hindu men and women, but has less religious connotations than other tilaks...

  • Shiva Lingahttp://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/objects/shiva-linga

    What is a Shiva Linga? In Hinduism, the linga or lingam (Sanskrit for "symbol") is the symbol of the god Shiva and the form in which he is most commonly worshipped...

  • Tilakhttp://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/objects/tilak

    What is Tilak? In Hinduism, the tilak (Sanskrit tilaka, “mark”) is a mark made on a Hindu's forehead. On a man, the tilak takes the form of a line or lines and usually indicates his sectarian affiliation...

  • Yantra Sri Yantrahttp://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/objects/yantra

    What is a Yantra In Hinduism, a yantra is a geometrical diagram representing the universe. It is used in Hindu worship and meditation, especially in Tantrism...