Swastika on Satavahana Coin

23 Dec 2017  Sat

A swastika is an ancient religious symbol used in the Indian subcontinent. We see this symbol on the entrance of the house, temple, etc. But do you know that this is an ancient symbol which is existing for centuries?

The word Swastika is derived from three Sanskrit roots "su" (good), "asti" (exists, there is, to be) and "ka" (make) and has meant a "making of goodness" or "marker of goodness". The icon connotes and reminds the viewer of something "conducive to well-being", "make good", prosperity and dharmic auspiciousness.

The swastika is seen widely in ancient Indian and foreign coins. One such coin having swastika is featured in the given image. This is a Satavahana coin of Sri Satkarni. The obverse of the coin depicts Elephant walking to right with trunk upraised, a swastika on its back and Brahmi legend ‘Rajno…’. The reverse has a tree in railing and Ujjaini symbol above nandipada within a square box.