10 Most Prominent Symbols In Hindu Tattoos

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Let's see some of the most prominent symbols in the world of Hinduism and the tattoos people get based off of it.

by Matthew Chahal
by Matthew Chahal

We've shown you some of the most prominent religious symbols in Christian tattoos before. Now, we're moving on to another major religion that's said to have over millions of deities—Hinduism.

Hinduism has a lot of interesting figures and emblems that even those who do not practice the religion adapt for their personal tattoo designs. Hinduism may also be linked to the spread of sacred geometry in tattoos that are very rampant these days.

1. Kali

by Dave Swambo
by Dave Swambo

The Hindu goddess Kali (or Devi) is perhaps, one of the most recognised faces in Hinduism. She's the goddess of death, time, and doomsday. Kali is also often associated with sexuality and violence and on the other hand, as a strong mother figure.

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Kali is easily discerned with her signature skull necklace and blue skin.

2. Ganesh

by Niki Norberg
by Niki Norberg

Ganesh is the god of wisdom and learning. People also turn to him to aid them with obstacles. The elephant god is also relied on for good fortune.

You can't miss Ganesh either. He's literally the elephant in the room. The pot-bellied god is sometimes depicted as pink, while he's illustrated in black in some works.

3. Ohm

by Noksi
by Noksi

Also known as “aum,” the ohm is a sacred Hindu sound regarded as the greatest of all mantras. The ohm is supposed to form three sounds—a, u, m (hence, the aum)—which stands for a triad of a triad.

There's the three worlds: Earth, atmosphere, and heaven; the three major Hindu gods: Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva; and there's the three sacred Vedic scriptures: Rg, Yajur, and Sama.

4. Cow

by Sergej Rakov
by Sergej Rakov

Originally, cows were only seen as symbols of wealth and weren't seen as objects of veneration in the past. They were only revered as time passed because the Hindus relied on them heavily for dairy products. It came to the point that stepping on cow manure these days is considered as good luck.

5. Krishna

by Tomasz Tofi Torsinski
by Tomasz Tofi Torsinski

The god Krishna is often depicted as a mischievous child known for his shenanigans and the miracles he had performed. He grew up to be a cowherd, always seen with his trusty flute which he uses to lure wives and daughters of other cowherds to come dance with him under the moonlight.

6. Shiva

by David Cote
by David Cote

Shiva is the third god in the Hindu triumvirate. While the other two are responsible for creation and destruction, Shiva is in charge of preserving it.

7. Lakshmi

by Genko
by Genko

Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune, and prosperity. She's also the wife and active energy of Vishnu, the central god of the triumvirate. Lakshmi's four hands represent the four goals of human life according to Hindus which are dharma, kāma, artha, and moksha.

8. Lotus

Artist unknown.
Artist unknown.

The lotus actually has a wide range of meaning. It supposed to represent eternity, purity, divinity, and is widely used as a symbol of life, fertility, ever-renewing youth. The Hindus believe that within each human is the spirit of the sacred lotus.

9. Yantra

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Artist unknown.

A yantra is a visual mantra; a visual symbol meant to represent a particular god or goddess in geometric form.

10. Swastika

by Roxx
by Roxx

Before the Nazis ruined the swastika for everyone else, this particular symbol was synonymous with the mantra, “all is well.” It's also positioned quite differently from the Nazi swastika—anybody who had read enough should be able to tell. But all in all, the swastika generally meant to symbolize good fortune, luck and well-being.

Xavier

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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