Common symbols that occur in Hindu art are the lotus flower, the various reincarnations of gods and goddesses, and extra limbs such as arms or heads. The lotus flower represents beauty and a detachment from worldly cares and concerns, which is similar to its meaning in Buddhist cultures. The depictions of reincarnation used in Hindu can be confusing for those who don't share the religious view that it was meant to be viewed in. However, the same god or goddess can feature several different reincarnations that illustrate to the viewer how that deity came to achieve their final perfection. One of the gods to receive this treatment is the god Vishnu, whose final reincarnation, Shiva, is one of the most iconic gods of the Hindu faith among unbelievers. The use of multiple limbs shows different aspects of the gods and goddesses that are being glorified. A classic example of this is in the case of Shiva, whose occasional portrayal in art as having a third eye represents the omnipotent and limitless knowledge that this god has.
Hindu art is as fascinating and multifaceted as the religion it depicts and has created some of the most unique art the world has ever encountered.