Buddhism Pictures and symbols

The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism originated in Indian iconography. In ancient times, many of these same symbols were associated with the coronations of kings. In Buddhist legend, the symbols represent offerings the gods made to the Buddha after his enlightenment.

The symbols can be found in the art of most schools of Buddhism, especially in Tibetan Buddhism. In some monasteries in China the symbols are placed on lotus pedestals in front of statues of the Buddha.

A Conch Shell.

• The Eight Auspicious Symbols: The Conch Shell

In Asia, the conch has long been used as a battle horn. In the Hindu epic The Mahabharata, the sound of the hero Arjuna's conch terrorized his enemies. In ancient times a white conch also represented the Brahmin caste to Hindus.

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