Ashtamangala - 8 Auspicious Jain Symbols

Posted: 26.05.2007
Updated on: 20.04.2015

Ashtamangala - 8 Auspicious Jain Symbols

Swastika

Signifies peace and well-being

Shrivatsa

'Vatsa' means chest and 'Shri' means beauty. The middle of the chest is raised a little with a bunch of soft hair. This is called Shrivatsa. Shrivatsa means a beautiful mark on manifested itself from the heart of the Jina.

Nandhyavarta

big swastika with nine corners. In mythology nine points in nandhyavarta indicate nine types of material, mental, physical and spiritual wealth and treasure.

Vardha­manaka

also known as sharav, which means a shallow earthen dish used for lamps. When one shallow dish is covered by another one upside down, it appears like a box. This symbol is suggestive of increase of wealth, fame and merit due to the grace of the Lord Jina.

Bhadrasana

(Sinhasana) meaning throne.
It is auspicious because it is sanctified by the feet of the blessed Lord Jina.

Kalasha

Symbol of auspiciousness. It is a holy pitcher or a jug made of copper, silver or steel. It is used for religious and social ceremonies. It is used in temples when certain images are being worshipped. When one enters a new home it is customary to carry the kalasha on the head reciting mantras. The kalasha is filled with pure water, which signifies wisdom and fullness. This ceremony is performed to welcome grace and happiness into the new home.

Minyugala

A pair of fish. It is a symbol of Cupid's banners coming to worship the Jina after the defeat of the God of Love.

Darpana

Meaning a mirror. The mirror reflects one's true self because of its clarity.

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