Indian restaurant has to defend hanging swastika symbol above door because people don’t know of its links to Hinduism.

AN Indian restaurant has had to defend hanging a swastika above its door.

The symbol has been used by Hindus for thousands of years and swastika translates as “well-being” in Sanskrit.

 An Indian restaurant has had to defend hanging a swastika above its door because people do not know of its links to Hinduism

An Indian restaurant has had to defend hanging a swastika above its door because people do not know of its links to HinduismCredit: MEN Media

But a version was adopted by the Nazis and it became the world’s most hated symbol.

It has forced Lily’s Vegetarian Indian Restaurant in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Gtr Manchester, to deny being Nazi sympathisers.

Bosses said on Facebook: “It is an ancient symbol of spirituality and represents auspiciousness and good luck.

“It has been recognised as this since 3000BC and still represents this for many Hindus around the world today. Are you trying to imply that we are Nazi-loving nationalists?

“It’s causing true distress to our family.”

Some users defended the restaurant.

One Facebook user posted: “There was a reason Hitler chose the symbol.”
Another commented: “Me and my partner were like ‘what have they put that in there for?’ Thought the Nazi sign.”

One wrote: “Pathetic that this needs to be clarified. Social media gives the uneducated a powerful voice.”

Another added: “The symbol was misappropriated by the Nazis. People should be informed of its true meaning.”

Lily’s recently celebrated winning a Manchester Food and Drink Festival award for Neighbourhood Restaurant of the Year, just a year after being awarded Vegetarian Offering of the Year.



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