Moth Symbols in Hinduism

Moths are well discussed and highlighted throughout a range of Hindi texts across time. Although these are open to interpretation, we’re aiming to devise a clear connection between these fascinating insects and the spiritual world.

Fire in Hinduism

Before we can understand Hindu moth symbolism we must understand the meaning of fire. Fire is one of the most sacred elements of Hinduism, and is mentioned throughout Hindu texts as a power of both nurture and destruction.

In the Rigdev, there are many mentions of the fire god Agni. Agni is a god of high importance, well renowned for his eternal wisdom and his role in connecting mortals to gods. When darkness is overthrown by the light of fire, Agni is born.

Agni’s destruction is feared, and he is cited multiple times in the Rigdev as eating corpses with his flames. This impure form of Agni, known as Kravyad, instills fesr into all of humanity.

Moths and Hinduism

We’ve referenced throughout previous guides the attraction that moths have to light, and the symbolism this evokes. The blind faith that fills moths with purpose all too often leads to their demise.

Given the symbolism and importance of fire in Hinduism,  a moth could be interpreted as a medium between the natural and physical worlds. As the moth charges towards the light it is ferociously engulfed, bringing it back into the natural world. Given the common interpretation of moths as souls of the deceased, it seems possible that this could be the case.