Wednesday, June 21, 2006

swastika


Until coming to India I only associated the swastika with nazi Germany.
The left - facing swastika is a holy symbol in Hinduism. Never thought I would have a swastik on my front door, until living in India! I even saw a swastik on a Buddha's chest in Hong Kong.
This swastika is made from flowers and is not the one on my door.

6 Comments:

Blogger Felicia said...

Brilliant colors! Why do they put it on the front door? Is it during a special time of year/celebration?

2:16 AM  
Blogger Sharan Sharma said...

Hello,
Where was this taken? This is the 'inauspicious' swastika! The religious Hindu swastika is a right facing one and not a left facing one like the one shown here.
The left facing one is used in certain 'left-handed' rituals which actually do not have the sanction of Hindu scriptures.

The problem nowadays is complete lack of knowledge among these decorators - in the past there were actually people trained in these arts - which combine aesthetic and spiritual appeal

Thanks.

8:46 AM  
Blogger dissenter said...

My apologies. I just looked at the swastika on my door it is right facing. This photo was taken from the wrong side.

I am not Hindu and I am obviously ignorant about a lot of details in India still, but willing to learn. I appreciate your correction and your car story was funny.

yeah, no driving fast in mumbai...sorry

9:56 PM  
Blogger Sharan Sharma said...

Oh - no problem at all! I don't know if i came across as rude while pointing it out. If so, sorry for that.

This is a very nice blog here. I am right now in Ann Arbor but till very recently was in Bombay. Your blog just reminds me of all those sights and sounds!

And thanks for dropping by my blog!

8:02 AM  
Blogger Minor Fast Days said...

Yes, the swastika has a positive connotations before Hitler, but, I work with Holocaust survivor, and I'm sure they would still have negative associations. In the United States, the swastika is used by neo-nazi hate groups.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Very interesting picture. I knew it was an ancient symbol but I can't help thinking nazis should never have adopted it for their filthy cause.

3:18 AM  

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