Glossary of Hinduism
This glossary of Hinduism provides definitions of terms related to Hinduism, with links to full articles where available.
- ("Lord of Hosts"). Also Ganesha, Vinayaka, Ekadanta, Lambodara, Siddhadata, Vighnaraja. God of wisdom and good fortune, represented with a pot belly and the head of an elephant. Ganesh has been one of the most popular Hindu gods since medieval times and is claimed by all sects as their own. As the remover of obstacles, he is invoked before religious ceremonies and worldly undertakings.
- An annual spring festival that is the last festival of the Hindu calendar, occuring on the full-moon day of Phalguna in February or March. The festival is probably ancient in origin and is characterized by its sense of playfulness and reversal of normal codes of behavior. It is only on this day that the typical restrictions of caste, sex, age, and status are set aside.
- Decorative motif of highly conventionalized flowers or buds derived from certain Egyptian plants; common in ancient Egyptian art and, in classicizing styles, in anthemions.
- (Sanskrit svastika, "all is well") Ancient symbol of good fortune and well-being, with a variety of uses and meanings in Hinduism, Buddhism and many other faiths.
- a geometrical diagram representing the universe