Their Use In Sacraments And Worship
INDIA IS TRULY a picturesque country. Homes, shrines, gardens, even vehicles, are decorated with colourful motifs. These are usually drawings of lotuses, crescent moons, crucifixes, lucky numbers, trees, flowers and birds, painted in bright colours on every available surface. In homes and places of worship particularly, graphic designs acquire great importance. Specific symbols of the many different religions which co-exist in India are used prolifically while praying for good fortune, to worship divinity or to seek blessings during sacraments. In this mosaic of symbols, each has an interesting legend. Each proves that Indians have the rare ability to live simultaneously in several centuries. In their religious celebrations and traditions there is, amazingly, an unbroken cultural continuity of thousands of years.