Guruvayoorappan Temple, Guruvayoor,Kerala
Symbols of Hinduism:
Om : Universal symbol of the Omnipresent.
Swasthika: Often mistaken for the Nazi symbol, this is a common Hindu symbol of prosperity and auspiciousness.
Sangu (Conch): music of the Conch sounded during worship
Deepam/ Agni (Fire): Light and fire are the primordial symbol of the power of nature and the Almighty.
Thilakam/Bindhi/ Pottu/Dot on the Forehead: Symbolizing the power of the Chakra between the brows and that of the mind. It is typically worn by all men and women to signify auspiciousness and prosperity.
Naamam: Three vertical lines on the forehead worn by devout Vaishavites.
Vibhuthi (Basmam): Three Horizontal lines of Holy Ash worn on the forehead and other parts of the body by devout Saivites.
Snake: Worshipped individually or as a part of a dietiy signifying the life force and fertility.
Maangalyam/ Mangal Sutra/ Thaali: worn around the neck by married women serves the same purpose as the wedding ring, signifying the eternal bond between the married man and woman.
The Dharma Chakra: The wheel with 24 spokes reminds men of the dharma or righteousness required for happy coexistence.