Symbolism of the Vedic Harmika

The "harmika" is the symbolic steeple of the Vedic stupa, also known as the Cosmic Tree. In the Buddha body, this is the crown protuberance called the "ushnisha" representing an enlightened and harmonious state of consciousness.


The harmika is equivalent to the Vedic Trinity of the Moon, Sun and Venus, the last of which is referred to as the Golden Flame or Torch of Enlightenment.

In this configuration, Venus is shown crossing the face of the Sun as it does during the Venus Transit. The crescent Moon symbolizes the horns of Taurus, within which the transit occurs. The entire symbol corresponds to the "cup" and "waves" at the top of a Meru temple, like the tower etched into the sacristy wall of Rosslyn chapel.