Hindu Symbols


What are the Symbols of Hinduism?

Name: Aum

Also spelled "Om," in Hindu thought this image represents a sacred sound. Go here for a full article on Aum in Hinduism.

Name: Bindi

The "dot" on the forehead of the woman pictured to the left is called a bindi. It is worn by married women.

Go here for a full article on bindi, including more image. To learn about Diwali go here and Holi go here.)

Name: Linga

This is the symbol of the god, Shiva. For a full article on linga go here. For a full article on Shiva go here. Go here to read about Hindu deities.

Name: Lotus flower

The lotus flower represents beauty in Hinduism, and can also carry other meanings.

Go here for a full article on the lotus flower.

See Hinduism facts here.

Name: Pratik

This symbol combines two triangels, a rising sun, and a swastika.

Go here for a full article on Pratik. For Hindu beliefs go here.

Name: Swastika

The connotations of the swastika in the Western world aren't the same as those in the East. Go here to read a full article on the swastika in Hinduism. Learn about Karma in Hinduism here.

Name: Tilak

Like a bindi, a tilak is a mark on the forehead. For a full article on tilak in Hinduism go here. For Hindiusm facts go here. For Hinduism beliefs go here.

Name: Trisula

Also spelled "Trishula," this trident is an important symbol in Hinduism. Go here to read more about trisula. Learn more about Namaste in Hinduism here.

Name: Yantra

In Hinduism, this symbol represents the universe. Read more about yantra here. Learn about cows in Hinduism here.


  • Lotus Flower Symbolhttp://www.religionfacts.com/symbols/lotus

    What does the Lotus mean? In Hinduism, the lotus (Sanskrit: padma) primarily represents beauty and non-attachment. The lotus is rooted in the mud but floats on the water without becoming wet or muddy...

  • Om (Aum) Symbolhttp://www.religionfacts.com/symbols/aum

    What does Om mean? In Hinduism, Om (also spelled Aum) is a Hindu sacred sound that is considered the greatest of all mantras. The syllable Om is composed of the three sounds a-u-m (in Sanskrit, the vowels a and u combine to become o) and the symbol's threefold nature is central to its meaning...

  • Pratik in Hinduismhttp://www.religionfacts.com/symbols/pratik

    What is a Pratik? In Hinduism, the pratik ("emblem") is the symbol of the Ananda Marga ("path of bliss") movement, which was founded in India in 1955 and emphases social service along with yoga and meditation...

  • Swastikahttp://www.religionfacts.com/symbols/swastika

    What is a swastika? The swastika (Sanskrit svastika, "all is well") is a cross with four arms of equal length, with the ends of each arm bent at a right angle...

  • Trisula Trident in Hinduismhttp://www.religionfacts.com/symbols/trisula

    What is a Trisula? In Hinduism, he trihsula (also spelled trishul or trisula, Sanskrit for "three spear") is a trident spear that is the emblem of the god Shiva...