Hinduism “What Symbols Do Hindus Use?” Hindu Symbols • There are many different symbols that Hindus use. Two general categories or branches of Hindu symbols. The following slides have information that cover some of the Hindu’s symbols. The Om [or Aum] • The Aum is a chant which harmonizes the physical, and emotional and intellectual forces. It also awakens brain cells. The Swastika • The swastika symbol represents good luck and prosperity. It also represents honesty, truth, purity, and stability. The Sri Yantra • This symbol is characterized by nine interlocking triangles from a central point. Of the nine, four triangles represent Shiva. The other five represent the feminine, or the Divine Mother. The Tilaka • This symbol is often placed on the forehead of a devotee of Hinduism. It also comes in many different shapes, depending on the custom or religious affair.