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Take Tattoo Inspiration From The Rich Hindu Culture

Hinduism can be traced back to 500 BC, it is one of the most ancient religions in the world. There are as many as 33 crore deities according to the Hindu faith and it is ranked as one of the top three religions in the world due to a large number of followers. The culture is mystical and vibrant, to say the least. The deities have different forms, colors, and symbolic significance. The love for body art in Hinduism runs deep from henna tattoos to Chandan designs. Here are some of the most popular tattoo designs inspired by the rich Hindu culture:







Lord Vishnu is often called Hari or Narayana. He is a blue-skinned male god with four arms. He is one of the three main gods of the Hindu tradition along with Brahma and Shiva. Vishnu stands for a secure life and balance. He holds the lotus and conch shell symbolizing harmony and beauty.








Goddess Laxmi is associated with spiritual and material wellbeing. She is the wife of Lord Vishnu and has four arms too. Lotus is often associated with her. Laxmi is the symbol of good luck and prosperity. She is the goddess of wealth in the Hindu tradition.




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The fierce goddess Kali is symbolic of creation and destruction. She is the epitome of paradox. She strives for establishing truth and fights injustice. Kali is the protector of the realm and is often depicted as standing on Lord Shiva with her tongue sticking out. The tattoo designs are inspired by Kali, a blue-skinned goddess who is symbolic of strength.










The elephant-headed god Ganesh is associated with wealth and prosperity. He is the remover of hurdles and the one who heralds new opportunities. With the body of a human and head of an elephant, he reinforces the notion that nothing in the universe is perfect and that is the beauty of it. A Ganesh tattoo symbolizes balance.









Nandi is Shiva’s bull. The word means unadulterated happiness and the bull is associated with being self-content. The half-bull and half-man depiction is the most popular choice of design but a colorful tattoo will look brilliant too.


Lord Krishna is the reincarnated Lord Vishnu. The young Krishna is called Gopal. This blue-skinned god is associated with all-encompassing knowledge and diplomacy. He is playful and creative, often portrayed wearing a dhoti and a peacock feather headgear. The flute is played by the Lord and is a common tattoo design.








Ram is often associated with the heroic qualities of bravery, compassion, and devotion. He is almost always depicted with a bow and an arrow in his hand. He is virtuous and dutiful, the people’s king. A tattoo depicting Ram is symbolic of faith.




Goddess Saraswati sits on a swan or a lotus and plays the veena. She is the goddess of creativity. All forms of art like music, dance, drawing, is linked to her as she is the goddess of learning. She is usually draped in a white sari wearing gold jewelry.



Om means the supreme being in the Hindu faith. An Om tattoo can be associated with the quest for knowledge.








The lotus is a sacred flower according to the Hindus but it grows in the mud. It is symbolic of purity, knowledge, and beauty. Pink or white, the tattoo design of this flower is symbolic of persistence.












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These tattoos look better with bold colors and outlines. It is best if you go for a bigger scale tattoo as small ones tend to look clustered. Ideally get these designs done on your hands, back, or chest as they are sacred to those who believe in Hinduism.


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