Sacred Hindu Symbols

Sacred Hindu Symbols

Sacred Hindu Symbols

Sacred Hindu Symbols

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In every religion there are three basic elements: Philosophy, Mythology and Rituals. Thus on the same lines, the world's oldest religion, Hinduism, has all these elements. However, today's Hinduism registers its pulse more on symbolic and ritualistic plane. Thus Hinduism is better understood as a divine way of life rather than a bundle of doctrines and dogmas with ecclesiastical dominance!

The mysticism of Hindu philosophy is unique in its own sense and its mythology is studded with celebrated legendary past which is ancient in nature and current in maxim! This mystic philosophy and many dimensions of pauranic legends create a feeling of awe amongst the devouts. But the symbolic rituals gave Hindu philosophy a concrete shape and enabled a common man to grasp its essence. In this context Swami Vivekananda had aptly recorded that [ritual is in fact concretised philosophy…it is easy for men to think but when it comes to practical experience, they find that abstract ideas are often very hard to comprehend. Therefore symbols are of great help.]

These symbols are sacred and mystic mantras and signs like Swastika; stone images of Shiva, the Shivalinga, and of Vishnu, the Salagram Shila; sacred rivers and significance of pure water; the auspicious Conch or Sankha; the Tripundra Tilaks of Shaivites and Urdhapundra Tilaks of Vaishnavas; and host of sacred trees like Rudraksha, Tulsi, Vata, Bel, Kela, etc., which are great objects of veneration for a devout Hindu. These symbols have an in-depth philosophy and wide socioscienufic base with varied symptoms of ritualism.

India has a rich cultural heritage in diversity and its every region has its own culture, language and social values. Despite . . .

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