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Various symbols in Buddhism

About BuddhismLooking on the face of the Buddha on a statue or a painting, one is always struck by the sense of peace and tranquility that is apparent on the delicate features created by the artist. Many have described this as a feeling as being in the presence of the truly divine. Buddhism is practiced across the world and different cultures and regions have adapted the teachings of Buddhism and have included it into their own expressions. Today, images of the Buddha are seen everywhere, on tapestries, art, curios, religious figures and even on upholstery and linen. The Buddha statue is among the main of the various symbols in Buddhism and believers feel that it brings happiness and fortune. The various poses of the Buddha depict different symbolisms and the most popular ones are

The Sarnath temple in Uttar Pradesh is also another reason for the number of visitors here every year. The Sarnath temple is a famous Jain temple and is also known as the Digambara Jain Temple and followers of Jainism believe that the 11th Tirthankara Shreyanshnath was born. The birthday of this saint is an important day and there are thousands of people who come here to pray and to receive blessings. Apart from this Sarnath temple in Uttar Pradesh there are many attractions here to make a trip here definitely worthwhile. The spiritual feeling is apparent and there are also a few history lessons to be learnt here while touring the place. The Mahabodhi temple in Sarnath also has a relic of the Buddha and this has a tooth that has been preserved carefully by the Mahabodhi Society. The famous Ashoka Pillar is also in Sarnath and it got its name from the Emperor Ashoka, who converted to Buddhism and was a major role player in spreading the religion to Sri Lanka and the Far East. This ancient Ashoka Pillar is now also famous as an emblem of India.


This is a pictorial representation of the Buddha on stone, wood, metals etc seen usually on paintings.


The Buddha in a lotus position on a lotus.


The right hand is help up to convey peace and protection.


The hands are in his lap to symbolize meditation.

Reclining Buddha

This symbolizes that the Buddha is disconnected from material and earthly matters.


Asking the earth goddess to witness the triumph over ones senses.


The Buddha as a keeper of wisdom and as a teacher.

Bhaishajya Guru

The Buddha with knowledge of medicines.

There are other symbols that are synonymous with Buddhism and are seen in almost all paintings and even on Tibetan and Buddhist jewelry like

The Lotus

This flower is very important among the various symbols of Buddhism as the lotus grows in the mud and the flower rises above it. Similarly, it symbolizes a soul rising from material demands through the water of experience and finally to enlightenment.

Twin Fish

These represent unity and fidelity.

A wheel

This represent the teachings of the Buddha, the wheel like a circle is complete and perfect just like the teachings of the Buddha.

A Conch

The conch is very important in Buddhist rituals as a call to prayer, for assemblies and for gatherings. It also holds water for rituals.

A treasure Vase

This represent the spiritual abundance of the Buddha.

An Endless Knot

This represent Buddha’s infinite wisdom having no beginning and no end.

Victory banner

This is a symbol of victory over ignorance.

A Parasol

This symbolizes protection, respect and honor.