About the eight auspicious symbols
Eight Auspicious Symbols
Known in Sanskrit as Ashtamangala (Ashta meaning eight and mangala meaning auspicious) the eight auspicious symbols are the most familiar group of Buddhist emblems and are said to represents different aspects of the Buddhas teachings. The eight symbols are the Conch Shell, Dharma Wheel, Endless Knot, 2 Golden Fish, Lotus Flower, Parasol, Treasure Vase and Victory Banner. In Buddhism, these eight symbols of good fortune represent the offerings made by the gods to Shakyamuni Buddha immediately after he gained enlightenment
The eight auspicious symbols are to be found everywhere in Tibetan Buddhism and and are painted, carved and etched on all manner of sacred objects, furniture, panels, carpets and ornate brocades. The eight auspicious symbols originated from an early group of Indian symbols which would have included a throne, a swastika, a handprint, a hooked knot, vase of jewels, a water liberation flask, a pair of fishes and a lidded bowl. In Buddhism, these eight symbols of good fortune represent the offerings made by the gods to Shakyamuni Buddha immediately after he gained enlightenment.
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