the upper curve represents the head
the large lower curve of the belly
the side curve is the trunk
the semi-circle and dot of the sweetmeat ball held in the hand
Unlike the Om symbol which represents three ideas moving in a cycle of destruction and creation, the Omkar symbol usually represents a duality of opposing ideas:
Goal and Purpose of Life
the Material world and the Sacred world
Form and Formlessness
Padme, the Lotus FlowerThe lotus flower is called Padme in Sanskrit. It is a holy flower in Hinduism, and because of its behavior is said to represent the cycle of destruction followed by creation. At night, the lotus flower closes and sinks underwater. The next morning, it returns to the surface and blooms again.The lotus flower also plays a part in religious mythology - Brahma, the Hindu God who created the world, was born from a lotus blossom which sprang from the navel of Vishnu, the Hindu God who maintains the world.In Sanskrit tattoo designs, the lotus is not drawn like a real flower. Instead, it is drawn in a stylized manner, resembling the bright colorful Mandalas used in Hindu religious celebrations.
You often see both the Om and Padme symbols together in Sanskrit tattoos, in various combinations.Trishula, Lord Shiva's Trident SymbolLord Shiva's three-pronged trident is another popular tattoo image. This trident is called the Trishula. It seems that Shiva cut off Ganesha's original head using this trident.Although the Trishula is a weapon, it is also the symbol of Shiva. As such, it is more than just a tool of destruction. One of its meanings actually represents the cycle of creation, maintenance and destruction of the world. Another meaning is the past, present and future. If you practice Kundalini Yoga, the Trishula represents how the three primary energy channels in your body come together at your brow. However, I wouldn't recommend tattooing the Trishula on your brow, not unless your Kundalina guru says it is okay to do so.Are you overloaded by the meanings of all these popular Sanskrit tattoo designs? Don't be. Just have fun with your tattoos, and if you actually remember the meanings, fine. You'll have something to talk about. If not, so what? They are still beautiful pieces of body art.Are you looking for great Sanskrit tattoo designs? Click here to find out more about Sanskrit tattoo designs.
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