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Ashta Mangala

    These are eight auspicious symbols –

    • Swastika
    • Shrivasta (an auspicious sign on the chest)
    • Nandhyavarta (complex swastika)
    • Vardhamanaka
    • Bhadràsana (a holy seat)
    • Kalasha (Holy pitcher)
    • Minyugala (Fish-couple) and
    • Darpana (Mirror).

    They have been considered auspicious since time immemorial and have been depicted in the Kalpasutra. According to the scriptures every Jain has to draw them with pure un-broken rice-grains before the icon of the Tirthankar. Some have reduced this custom to the drawing of a swastika, along with three heaps of rice-grain symbolising knowledge, vision and character.

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