Found in every Hindu home and temple, every Buddhist home and temple, every Jain home and temple? Yes! But in old USA? In Native Americans? In African tribes? Ancient Europe? YES!
“Swastika is as ancient and Holy as the Om symbol. Timeless. Eternal. Universal.” ~ Guru Ujjwal Dey
From Wikipedia: The swastika (卐 or 卍) (Sanskrit: स्वस्तिक), (also known as the gammadion cross) is a symbol that generally takes the form of an equilateral cross, with its four legs bent at 90 degrees. It is a symbol among the ancient Celts, Indians, and Greeks, as well as in later Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism, and Nazism, among other cultures and religions.
The word swastika derives from the Hindi roots su (“Good”), asti (“to be”), and ka (making) The older term gammadion cross derives from its appearance, which is identical to four Greek gamma letters affixed to each other.
Its use in India dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization city of Harappa, and came to represent Vishnu in Hinduism. In Chinese Taoism, the swastika is a symbol of eternity. For Tibetan Buddhism, it is emblematic of the element of Earth. It is a common practice for Hindus to draw Swastika symbols on the doors and entrances to their houses during festivals, which is believed to symbolize an invitation to goddess Lakshmi.
The symbol has a long history in Europe reaching back to antiquity. In modern times, it had a brief surge of popularity as a good luck symbol in Western culture in 1920s.
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