Namaste! [a Hindi greeting]. While in India, we’ve done our best to explore the local temples, as religion is a major part of the culture and everyday life. The majority of people practice Hinduism but there are also Christians and Jains in Karnataka (the Indian state we’re living in).
We also saw 3 Jain temples. Jainism is a strict religion whose followers do not believe in doing harm to any living creature, no matter how small. These structures are from the 1400’s.
What we know as a swastika has been used in Hinduism and Jainism for centuries as a symbol for good. They refer to it as ‘swastik.’ Unfortunately the Nazis used the mirror image of it for their purposes and therefore it has a negative association for Westerners.