religious symbols

Below is a growing guide to religious symbols of the world. Click on the image or link for information on the symbol's history, meaning and use.

  • 6-Point Star

    The six-pointed star is the Creator's Star or Star of Creation. Its six points stand for the six days of creation, and are also represent the six attributes... read more

  • Agnus Dei: The Lamb of God

    The imagery of a lamb in the New Testament is built upon how lambs were used in the Old Testament. Lambs were among the animals that were sacrificed by the... read more

  • Alpha and Omega

    Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. When used symbolically in Christianity, they signify that God is "the beginning and the end," meaning that... read more

  • Aureole Mandorla

    An aureole (from a Latin word for "gold") in Christian art is a halo that envelopes the whole body, signifying a greater degree of sanctity and divine power than a... read more

  • Victory Banner

    The victory banner was adopted by early Buddhism as an emblem of the Buddha's enlightenment, heralding the triumph of knowledge over ignorance. It is said to have been placed... read more

  • Seal of Baphomet Baphomet Symbol

    Although there are variations of the symbol, Baphomet is commonly shown with a goat head and horns, as well as wings, upon a human body. Baphomet is also traditionally seen... read more

  • Buddhapada: Footprints of the Buddha

    The footprints of the Buddha (Buddhapada) are one of the early representations of the Buddha in the anticonic (no statues) stage of Buddhist art. The Buddhapada are highly revered in... read more

  • Eye of God Symbol

    The Eye of God is an equilateral triangle with a single eye inside it and almost always with rays emanating from it. It symbolizes the omnipresence and omniscience of God... read more

  • Buddha Eyes

    On virtually every stupa, which is a shrine of Buddhism, in Nepal, there are giant pairs of eyes staring out from the four sides of the main tower. These are... read more

  • Golden Fishes

    In Buddhism, he Golden Fishes symbol (Skt. suvarnamatsya; Tib. gser nya) consists of two fishes, which usually appear standing vertically with heads turned inwards towards each other. The pair of... read more

  • Khanda: Symbol of Sikhism

    The Khanda was introduced by the 17th century Sikh guru, Hargobind Ji. The circle shape in the upper center of the symbol represents the caldron in which food was prepared... read more

  • Buddhist Endless Knot symbol Endless Knot

    In Buddhism, the endless knot (Skt. shrivatsa; Tib. dpal be'u) is a closed, graphic ornament composed of right-angled, intertwined lines. It overlaps without a beginning or an end... read more

  • Abhaya Mudra: Gesture of Fearlessness

    In Buddhism, Abhaya in Sanskrit means fearlessness, and the abhaya mudra symbolizes protection, peace, and the dispelling of fear. The gesture is made with the right hand raised to shoulder... read more

  • Bhumisparsha Mudra: Earth Witness Gesture

    In Buddhism, Bhumisparsha means 'touching the earth'. It is more commonly known as the 'earth witness' mudra. This mudra, formed with all five fingers of the right hand extended to... read more

  • Dharmachakra Mudra: Wheel-Turning Gesture

    In Buddhism, Dharmachakra in Sanskrit means 'Wheel of Dharma'. This mudra symbolizes one of the most important moments in the life of Buddha, the occasion when he preached to his... read more

  • Buddha statue Dhyana Mudra: Meditation Gesture

    In Buddhism, the dhyana mudra may be made with one or both hands. When made with a single hand the left one is placed in the lap, while the right... read more

  • Varada Mudra: Boon-Granting Gesture

    In Buddhism, this mudra symbolizes charity, compassion and boon-granting. It is the mudra of the accomplishment of the wish to devote oneself to human salvation. It is nearly always... read more

  • Mudras

    Mudras are symbolic gestures, used symbolically in Buddha images and in practice to evoke particular ideas or buddhas in the mind during Buddhist meditation or ritual. Like symbols held by... read more

  • Aum (Om) Om: Mantra and Symbol

    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... read more

  • Lotus with Om Mani Padme Hum Hri Om Mani Padme Hum

    In Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is said to be an incarnation of Avalokiteshvara, so the mantra is especially revered by his devotees. The basic English translation of Om mani padme... read more

  • Buddhist parasol symbol Parasol

    Above the mountain is the dome of the sky. This is symbolized by the umbrella, whose important function is to cast a shadow, the shadow of protection. The dictionary defines... read more

  • Pelican

    According to legend, in a time of famine a mother pelican would draw blood from her own chest and give the blood to her chicks. Thus the pelican symbol in... read more

  • Pentagram

    The pentagram or pentacle is one of the major symbols described by "symbologist" Robert Langdon in The Da Vinci Code. This article compares his claims about the symbol with reality... read more

  • Pomegranate

    The pomegranate is a symbol of the resurrection and the hope of eternal life. Because of its abundance of seeds, it can also symbolize royalty and the church, where the... read more

  • 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... read more

  • 12-Point Star

    When a star is used as a symbol in the Christian faith, the number of points it has is especially significant because it adds meaning to the sign. In this... read more

  • 5-Point Star

    A star is a logical symbol to be used in Christianity. The Bible teaches that God is the creator of not only the earth, but also the "heavens." Genesis 1... read more

  • 8-point Star Symbol

    The eight-pointed star is the Star of Redemption or Regeneration and represents baptism. Eight is traditionally the number of regeneration, and thus many baptismal fonts have an octagonal base... read more

  • 9-Point Star

    The nine-pointed star symbolizes the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit listed in the Epistle to the Galatians. This star is sometimes shown with the Latin initials for each... read more

  • Triple Goddess symbol Triple Goddess
  • Triratna

    The triratna symbol represents the Triple Gem or Three Jewels of Buddhism, which are the three core values of: - Buddha - Dharma (the teachings) - Sangha (the monastic community) These are also... read more

  • 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... read more

  • Wheel
  • Tibetan Wheel of Life

    The Tibetan Wheel of Life symbolizes the Buddhist perspective on life and contains within it numerous symbols of Buddhist themes and teachings. The creature who turns the wheel of life... read more

  • Yantra

    In Hinduism, a yantra is a geometrical diagram representing the universe. It is used in Hindu worship and meditation, especially in Tantrism. A yantra is quite similar to a mandala... read more

  • Zen circle Zen Circle

    In Buddhism, the Zen circle, a popular motif in Zen art, represents the entire universe in a single, perfect stroke. Although simple, images like this are difficult to paint successfully... read more

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Titlereligious symbols
UpdatedNovember 10, 2015
MLA Citation“religious symbols.” 10 Nov. 2015. Web. Accessed 28 Oct. 2016. <>