There is already a question about the significance of the swastika and Pandya's answer describes it in detail, but one part of it says :

Note: only right Swastika is almost used and reverse (left) Swastika is believed inauspicious sometimes.

I have also heard this too. Right swastika is this:

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And this is the left swastika/mirrored image swastika:

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Is there any indication in scripture itself that what we call the mirrored image swastika is inauspicious or forbidden?

  • As a sidenote, tilted Swastika is auspicious (the one on Nazi flag, but not black colored). See pic of this Shiva Temple.
    – The Destroyer
    Jun 28, 2017 at 7:08
  • As per whom the left swastika is believed inauspicious? Any reference? Jun 28, 2017 at 7:57
  • @RakeshJoshi That is the point of question, I have heard that many time from people and looking for a sourced answer. Jun 28, 2017 at 7:58
  • @AnkitSharma its wrong belief. All forms are auspicious. There are hindus who use reverse swastika also but less. Jun 28, 2017 at 7:59
  • @RakeshJoshi That's why I asked the question in first place to know if there is any proof to say otherwise. Jun 28, 2017 at 8:00

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Any form of Swastika or its mirror image cannot be looked upon as inauspicious. This symbol is found in many of ancient civilizations in different forms.

In the Eastern religions like Buddhism which are close to Hinduism also it is used as a sign of auspiciousness.

In various civilizations across the world. Right, left, and tilted forms of swastika are used widely.

In Hinduism also there is no reference of any swastika being inauspicious.

Below are some of the ancient forms of swastika used in various places of the world. All of them are used as symbol of auspiciousness. Especially in Buddhism.

Even Indus Valley civilization also there is one ancient reverse swastika mark which suggests its association with Hinduism.

Though in the present day hinduism and Jainism the mirror image is rarely used.

Image source: Wikipedia.

  • Indus Valley Swastika

Indus Valley Swastika

  • Byzantine Swastika

Byzantine Swastika

  • Japanese Swastika

Japanese Swastika

  • Ethiopian Swastika

Ethiopian Swastika

  • Sri Lanka Swastika

Sri Lanka Swastika

  • Greek Swastika

Greek Swastika

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    I am not interested in answer from other religion's point of view but from Hinduisms only and based on some scripture ( Veda/Purana/Smiritis etc). Jun 28, 2017 at 7:54
  • @AnkitSharma So you don't consider Indus valley as hindu? There are no such references in indian scriptures. Jun 28, 2017 at 7:56
  • Calling Indus valley civilization religion as Hinduism will be a another debate. Jun 28, 2017 at 8:01
  • @AnkitSharma then what does "hindu" mean? It is well known fact that our civilization flourished on the banks of Indus/Sindhu. Jun 28, 2017 at 8:05

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