Is the Swastika a HukenKreuz?

You must have seen Swastika as a holy symbol in multiple religions like Sanatani Hindus, Jains and Buddhists, etc. Today let’s know about this Swastik symbol and some of its history.

 Significance of Swastik Symbol in Sanatan Dharma:

According to Sanatan Dharma  or  Hindu theology the Swastik symbol reflects  four Purusharthas i.e. Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha. Its is also in the forms of the four entities i.e. ego, intelligence, aim, and mind. It is a symbol of four bhakti i.e. dedication, love, faith and devotion.

The swastika is written in two ways such as – Swastika on the right side () which we consider to be the symbol of the sun, and the swastika written on the left side () is called sauwastika which symbolising worship as Kali Mata or tantric aspects of Kali mata.

History & Representation Of Swastik from other civilization

Swastika is called by different names in different countries like swastika in India, Nepal, Indonesia, and ‘wan ji’ in Chinese , ‘manji’ in Japanese, croix gammee in French etc.

Looking at the history of the swastika symbol, it is mentioned and symbolized in different cultures as far back as 12000 BC. The oldest swastika ever found was found in Mezin, Ukraine which is carved on an ivory statue that is 12,000 years old. Swastika also mentioned In Indus- Saraswati River civillization .

There was a Neolithic culture in southern Europe, in the region that today is now Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, known as the Vinca culture, which dates back to about 8,000 years ago,that culture also mentions the swastika .
It is seen on the Christian walls of Rome and can also be seen in the Rock Church of Lalibela, Ethiopia.

In Nordic myths, it is a symbol of Odin and the mathematician Pythagoras of ancient Greece used the swastika under the name ‘Tetractis‘ and it was a symbol connecting heaven and earth, with the right hand pointing to heaven and his left hand to earth was pointing towards.
And in the Hindu Puranas it is also used in the Brahmanda, Narada and Kurma Puranas. such as-

Verses of the first chapter of the Shukla Yajurveda

ॐ स्वस्ति न इन्द्रो वृद्धश्रवाः
स्वस्ति नः पूषा विश्ववेदाः।
स्वस्ति नस्तार्क्ष्यो अरिष्टनेमिः।
स्वस्ति नो ब्रिहस्पतिर्दधातु ॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः

In Narada Purana:-

“गंगायाम प्रतिमां कत्वा वाक्य्यामांसस्वरुपिम |
पद्मवस्तिकाचिनास्या सस्थितस्य तथोपरी ||”
(नारद पुराण 2,43.47)

This great swastika symbol can also be called the first symbol of human civilization.
In Jainism, it symbolizes the seventh Jin (saint), Tirthankara Suparsvnath. It is considered to be one of the 24 auspicious signs and is considered to be the symbol of the seventh Arhat of the present age.
In Buddhism, the swastika symbolizes good fortune, prosperity, abundance and eternity.

The swastika is found in the residences and temples of the lamas of Tibet. The Parasis consider it to be a symbol of prayer for the four directions and the four times.

Swastika in Abrahamic Religions:

Abrahamic religions such as Judaism, Christianity, and Muslims also find use of the swastika symbol.
such as in the Basilica of Saint Ambrose in Milan, Italy, in the ‘Tanyl’ Mosque in Tripoli, Lebanon and in the 12th century in a mosaic in St. Sophia’s Church in Kiev, Ukraine. Christians believed the cross was inspired by the swastika.

Swastika victim of Nazi propaganda:

The Nazis named the swastika Hakenkreuz and adopted it.
The Nazis adopted the swastika because it was understood as an Aryan symbol that signified racial purity and superiority. (The Nazis propagated a historical theory in which the early Aryans of India were white invaders. This theory is known as ‘Aryan Dravidian Theory’ and the father of this theory was Maxmuller. We will talk about this issue in another time.)
Hitler and other Nazis believed that the swastika might have a connection with the occult.
On this basis, the Leftists defamed the swastika to such an extent that even the so-called intellectual leagues of today considered the swastika to be the symbol of Hitler and misrepresented this sacred symbol. So this was a bit history of the swastika.


Omkar Kulkarni

Namaskar i am Omkar Kulkarni from Ugar khurd, Belgavi district,Karnataka. I am a writer who basically writes on ancient History, cultural values and Geo-politics. Love to see Bharat becoming Vishwa Guru. Vande Bharat Mataram.

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