Indian Tattoo Ideas & Their Meanings That You Can’t Miss

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The Indian culture fascinates everyone because of its diversity. Be it the food, religion, customs, art, knowledge, beliefs and whatnot, people are always curious to delve deep into the Indian culture so much so that some people ink Indian tattoo designs on their bodies. 

Indian tattoo designs always stay on-trend. They make you stand out in a crowd for their patterns and colours. Indian tattoos are creative and are absolutely different from usual tattoos, making them unique art pieces. 

Also, for Indian tattoos, you always need skilled hands to create a masterpiece. You can check out some amazing tattoo artists right here at Jhaiho who have been in this industry for more than 10 years. You can check out their work on the Jhaiho website and book a consultation accordingly.

Having said that, scroll down and check out the Indian tattoo designs that we have collected especially for you for your tattoo inspiration.  

Lord Buddha Tattoo:


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Like many cultures, in Indian culture, religion plays an important role. For many years now, people have tattooed religious tattoos to show their faith in God that they chose to follow. People who follow Buddhism are often seen wearing Buddha tattoos. 

Lord Buddha or Siddhartha Gautama achieved enlightenment and since then, he is considered as a God who has the supreme power. So if you follow Buddhism or really love the idea of the religion, you can opt for a Buddha tattoo.

Om Tattoo:

The Om tattoo is one of the most common tattoo designs in Indian tattoos that people opt for. The Sanskrit word “Om” represents a chant that is sacred in many religions. The meaning of the word is unity and the universe and that’s the reason why so many people ink this word on their bodies. 

You can customise the design according to your choice to make it look like something out of the box. For instance, you can select this tattoo design for your reference. It is the fusion of Lord Buddha and the Om symbol which means attaining spirituality. 

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You can also select a simple Om tattoo design like this one on the right which can be placed in the wrist area or on your fingers. The choice is yours.

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Hindu Gods Tattoos:

In Hinduism, numerous Gods are worshipped and each has its own powers which make them special. The Hindu religion attracts many people from all corners of the world because of the spirituality that it provides. So, if you are thinking about getting a tattoo to reaffirm your dedication to the Gods or one God in particular, you are at the correct place.

If you are a follower of Lord Ganesh, you can get a tattoo dedicated to him. Lord Ganesh is the God of new beginnings and the remover of obstacles. He is considered as the lucky charm before embarking on a new journey. 

So, if you are about to start something new in your life, we would suggest getting a Lord Ganesha tattoo

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Another Hindu God who always stays on trend for tattooing is Lord Shiva – the Supreme being. Whether you depict him benevolent or fiery, his tattoos always look amazing. 

Lord Shiva is the creator, destroyer and preserver of all the universe and that’s the reason why he is considered a unique God which has both a good and an evil side.

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Take this tattoo for example which depicts a meditating Lord Shiva. The blackwork and shading of the tattoo make it a gorgeous tattoo that can be done on the back of the body as well.

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If you wish to go for a design like this on the right where you can see snakes wrapped around his neck, you need to be patient as these tattoos take long hours to complete. They might also take numerous sittings, so you need to be patient for great end results.

You can check out other Lord Shiva tattoo designs right here.

Tribal Tattoos:

Tattoos have been in India since ancient times. People used to ink their bodies to represent their tribe, as a sign of respect to their chief and to mark their victories in war. Tattoos have been used for various reasons by different communities across the country for hundreds of years, and the tradition still continues but with a modern approach.

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Nowadays, tribal tattoos are chosen by many for their intricate designs that look appealing. People even customize the designs according to their tastes. For example, you can select this tattoo which depicts a sun and has a mandala inside it. This tattoo is a stunner.

Peacock Feather Tattoo:

The Indian God, Lord Krishna is shown with a peacock feather on his head. For this reason, followers of Lord Krishna worship a peacock feather and some who are into tattooing, ink a peacock feather to show their faith in God Krishna. You can add a flute if you like which is an instrument played by him or you can also add the ‘Om’ symbol. Indian Tattoo Ideas & Their Meanings That You Can’t Miss 19Indian Tattoo Ideas & Their Meanings That You Can’t Miss 20

You can also add your name or your lover’s name below the peacock feather to express your love which is similar to the amount of love Lord Krishna did to Sita. The peacock feather is a symbol of romanticism.

Indian Henna Inspired Tattoos:

Indian Henna inspired tattoos are quite a rage now. The designs include exquisite floral patterns which look extremely beautiful. They look regal and don’t have an overly feminine touch. Both men and women can opt for this tattoo design.Indian Tattoo Ideas & Their Meanings That You Can’t Miss 21

You can place this tattoo anywhere on the body as it will look amazing wherever you ink it.

Hindi Tattoo:

Many celebrities from India as well as abroad opt for Hindi (Devanagari script) tattoos because they look unique. For example, American singer Rihanna has a Sanskrit quote from the Bhagavad Gita tattooed on the right side of the waist down to her leg.

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Footballer David Beckham went all out to express his love for his wife Victoria Beckham by tattooing her name in Hindi on his left arm. Similarly, back home, Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan has his wife Kareena Kapoor Khan’s name tattooed to declare his love for her.

With so many examples, it’s safe to say that Hindi script or name tattoos have always been on trend and you should try it out to look fashionably cool.

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