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When I visit the any temple decorated with swastikas, I won’t be surprised, but will feel sad. The reason is not far to seek. It is quite obvious. Being a student of history, I am aware of the significance, holiness and majesty of the swastika symbol. It is highly revered symbol of many a great cultures. It is a travesty of history that a ‘vulture’ also adopted this as the symbol of his country. It was just like the Satan quoting the Bible! The most respected symbol turned to be the most hated symbol of many communities and countries, even today. A particular community will never, never accept the symbol under any circumstances and it will continue to hate it for all time to come.  With the very mention of the word, each and every molecule of the members of that community is surcharged with utter contempt and hatred, if not revenge!How would the cultural understanding influence one’s thoughts about the people that built the temple?People who brought discredit to this symbol belong to the 19-20th century. To be precise, it is on the eve of the II World War that this symbol shot into ill fame! Adolph Hitler owned it for his country Germany. But the holy souls who built the temple decorated with many swastika symbols were not aware, what fate awaited this symbol in centuries to come. They built the temple in good faith and with utmost reverence for the symbol. Swastika is a Sanskrit word and its meaning is “all is well.” The root word is ‘svasti’, which means luck, well being and good fortune.This symbol is very common in India, wherever holiness matters. The importance of this symbol can also been seen in the art of Romans, Egyptians, Celts, Greeks, Native Americans, Persians, Jains and Buddhists. The design of the swastika symbol adopted by most of the cultures is clockwise. Surprisingly the swastika symbol adopted by the Nazis is counter clockwise. “In Buddhism, the swastika signifies auspiciousness and good fortune as well as the Buddha’s footprints and the Buddha’s heart. The swastika is said to contain the whole mind of the Buddha and can often be found imprinted on the chest, feet or palms of Buddha images. It is also the first of the 65 auspicious symbols on the footprint of the Buddha.”(Swastika …..)For the traditional culture of India (can be equated with Hinduism in the broader sense) swastika is a very important symbol. No religious ceremonies are performed without paying obeisance to this symbol. “The swastika is an equilateral cross with arms bent at right angles, all in the same direction, usually the right, or clockwise. The swastika is a symbol of prosperity and good fortune and is widely dispersed in both the ancient and modern world. It originally represented the revolving sun, fire, or life.” (Badlani…)Hindus use it to mark the opening pages of their account books, doors, thresholds and offerings.The black swastika on a white circle with a crimson background became the National symbol of Germany, in the year 1935. The noticeable difference between the ancient symbol and the Nazi swastika is that it is positioned slant, whereas the ancient swastika is rested flat. It can be said without hesitation that the Nazis are responsible to destroy all the good associated with   the swastika symbol. What Nazis did under the banner of the swastika symbol is the darkest part of the human history. The symbol of glory became the symbol of ruin, cruelty and evil.“One of the oldest symbols made by humans, the swastika dates back some 6,000 years to rock and cave paintings. Scholars generally agree it originated in India. With the emergence of the Sanskrit language came the term “swastika”, a combination of “su”, or good, and “asti”, to be; in other words, well-being.” (The History….)But on account of its link with Nazism, the evil rays associated with the symbol are too hot to endure. 

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