Why Swastika is made outside Hindu homes?

Swastika holds a great importance in Hinduism. This symbol depicts the opposite mindsets of different people or groups. It is basically a Sanskrit word in which ‘su’ means ;good; , ‘asti’ means ‘to be’ and ‘ka’ is just a suffix. So Swastika means “good being”, “fortune” or “conducive to well-being”. Swastika represents prosperity, auspiciousness and good fortune.

Since the Hindus are divided into Labourer (Dalit), Intellectual (Brahmin), Trader (Vaishya) and Warrior (Kshatriya) due to the caste system so Swastika is believed to bring harmony in the four sects or pillars of the society.  These pillars are usually represented by red dots in the Swastika. The red coloured powder used for this purpose represents purity and passion of thoughts. Thus Swastika symbolises good social intentions and nothing else. Though using Swastika has become a cultural practice for the followers.

“The swastika’s right-angled arms explain the fact that the journey toward our objectives is often not straight, but it takes unexpected twists and turns. They reflect the idea that there is also the indirect way in which Divinity can be reached which is through intuition and not by intellect. Symbolically, the swastika’s cross is said to represent God and creation.  The four bent arms stand for the four human aims, which are:

Purushartha– righteousness,

Dharma– wealth,

Artha– love,

Kama– liberation, moksha

These are the reasons for which Swastika is made outside the Hindu houses.

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