Regardless of the rapid urbanization and impact of modern architectural patterns, people based in the industrial hubs are keen on including some good luck charm in their home décor. The contemporary home décor themes often showcase items like Swastika symbol signifying good fortune.
Mythical origin of the Swastika symbol
Not only the Hindu and Buddhist societies but this symbol had been found to be there in the European culture as well. According to the facts and figures, this symbol had once been counted among the major symbols of the Proto-Indo-European society. This was the cradle of the ancient societies of Germanic, Slavic, Roman, Celtic and Greek. The carvings of this symbol in the Germanic society can be traced down to ages as early as Bronze Age. Though the definition is quite ambiguous, they considered it to be an epitome of sanctity, protection, fortune, prosperity and power.
When translated from the Sanskrit roots, ‘Swastika’ refers to well-being or ‘good to be.’ This symbol has an age-old root in the Hindu Vedas. Believed to be associated with prosperity and good fortune, this symbol is also considered as the power symbol, Lord Ganesha’s emblem. Surya and Brahma – one bestowing good luck and the latter symbolizing creation – are believed to be residing in this sacred symbol.
This symbol of Swastika is considered to be sacred in the religions of Buddhism and Jainism as well. Being spotted on the palms, chest, soles of his feet and the holy footprints of Buddha, this symbol signifies resignation.
In the religion of the Jains, the four arms of this symbol signify the four rebirth possibilities, namely the spirit world, the plant or animal world, the earth and the hell.
Significance of the symbol
Tracing down to the ancient times, this symbol has found its use in several religions across the globe. Though considered as an Indian symbolization of well-being, this Swastika symbol has been in use by the Western cultures as well but only with different applications. Going into a little detail of this equilateral cross, the four legs of the symbol, bent at perfect right angles, signify the four dharmas and the four basic elements. Bring in positivity to your abode with this fortune symbol incorporated in various decorative items.
In most of the Hindu households, there is a practice of making colorful designs, called Rangoli, at the house entrances. This is considered to be a gesture of welcoming prosperity. These prosperity designs are observed to be dominated by the sacred Swastika symbol, as a good luck charm, which is decorated with patterns all around.