Hindu Symbols

Hindu symbols, Hinduism, the ancient symbol

Over the last thousands of years of its development, Hinduism has adopted several iconic symbols, forming part of Hindu iconography, that are imbued with spiritual meaning based on either the scriptures or cultural traditions.

The exact significance accorded to any of the icons varies with region, period and denomination of the followers. Over time some of the symbols, for instance the Swastika has come to have wider association while others like Aum (Om) are recognised as unique representations of Hinduism.