Popular Religious Symbols and Their Correct Meanings

Religious symbols and meanings
All religions in the world have their own symbols and meanings. Here, we are going to discuss religious symbols and their meanings and how they play a significant role in expressing their respective faiths.
All religions are deeply entrenched in traditions and rituals. To express certain beliefs in a particular religion, many symbols were used. Some of these religious symbols have lost their signification with passing time, but some of them still continue to pass on the intended beliefs.

Religious symbols and meanings are often confused with occult symbolism. However, religions like Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and many others rely on such symbols to preach people about the beliefs and ideals of that particular religion and inculcate certain values in them.
Religious Symbols and their Meanings
Here are some of the most commonly seen religious symbols of the world. Since religious symbols convey the same expression irrespective of the language known, religious symbols are recognized instantly by people all over the world. This makes it easier for a religion to spread, and thus more and more people become aware of the beliefs through such religious symbols.
Christianity
The Christian Cross
Christian Cross
It symbolizes Christ's resurrection after his crucifixion. It is also a symbol of salvation and triumph.
Ichthys (fish)
Ichthys (fish)
Used as a mark for meeting places and tombs
Six Pointed Star
Six Pointed Star
The six attributes of God which is love, power, wisdom, mercy, majesty and justice.
Alpha and Omega
Alpha and Omega
God is "the beginning and the end." or eternal.
Agnus Dei
Agnus Dei Or lamb of god
Jesus as a lamb who makes the ultimate sacrifice by atoning for the sins of humanity.
Buddhism
Conch Shell
Conch Shell
The Conch shell symbolizes power and authority.
Endless Knot
Endless Knot
The endless knot has no beginning and no end, representing the infinite wisdom of Buddha.
Wheel of Dharma
Wheel of Dharma
Endless cycle of birth and rebirth.
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Hinduism
Swastika
Hinduism-Swastika
It symbolizes auspiciousness and prosperity.
Trishul
Trishul
The three prongs of the trishul represents God Shiva as creator, preserver and destroyer
Om
Om
A cosmic vibration meaning omnipotent.
Judaism
Star of David
Star of David
Shield of God. It also represents the relationship between God and the Jewish people.
Menorah (seven branched candelabrum)
Menorah (seven branched candelabrum)
It symbolizes nation of Israel.
Mezuzah
Mezuzah
It symbolizes nation of Israel.
Hamsa Hand
Hamsa Hand
Protection against the evil eye.
Sikhism
Khanda
Khanda
It signifies truth, the willingness to stand up for dharma and knowledge of God.
Ik Onkar
Ik Onkar
It signifies that God is One Being.
Shinto
Torii
Torii
Marks the boundary between the physical and spiritual worlds. It also means "holy ground".
Pagan
Ankh
Ankh
It is the Egyptian symbol of eternal life.
Eye of Horus
Eye of Horus
Symbol of power, good health, and protection.
Triquetra
Triquetra
Represent the three stages of the Triple Goddess (Maiden, Mother, and Crone). The Triquetra is originally a Celtic symbol.
Zoroastrianism
Faravahar
Faravahar
It signifies the Guardian spirit that protects. It serves to be a reminder of one's purpose in life.
Taoism
Yin and Yang
Yin and Yang
Interaction of "yin" and "yang" energies. Yin and Yang represents dual forces like light and dark or male and female.
Eight Trigram
Eight Trigram
It represents the key principles of reality.
Islam
Crescent
Crescent
The crescent is one of the most recognizable symbols of Islamic faith. However, the Holy Quran does not specify any symbol for Islam.
Jainism
Swastika
Jainism-Swastika
It signifies peace and prosperity.
Jain Hand
Jain Hand
The practice of asceticism and the avoidance of harm to any living creature.
Kalasha (Pot with water)
Kalasha
It symbolizes auspiciousness, wisdom, and completeness.
The most important thing about religious symbols is that it is not limited by boundaries created by language, region and dialects. Any religion or culture can be better understood and appreciated if you know the symbols and meanings behind them.
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