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  1. This question was disturbing me. What is the significance of the octagon/ number 8? Why was it chosen? There are famous buildings/structures which are this shape. Dome of the rock, Jerusalem One World Trade Center: Great Pyramid of Giza (8 sided): CERN: Rub el Hizb: http://synchromystic.wikia.com/wiki/Octagon https://somathread.ning.com/groups/sufi/forum/origins-and-meanings-of-the-eight-point-star From some quick reading this 8 pointed star/ octagon (interconnected- see pic above, also octagram can be drawn inside octagon) has origins in astrology and has symbolism relating to ancient pagan/deity/idolatry/sun worship which has filtered through to other religions such as Islam. The 8-point star represented the goddess Inanna, Sumerian queen of the heavens and Ishtar (from which Easter comes from), the Babylonian goddess known as “The Lightbringer.” An eight-point star enclosed within a circle was the symbol for the sun god. This deity called Inanna/Ishtar is also the goddess of war, weapon bearing and has a lion consort, which is strikingly similar to the Devi Durga, who is usually depicted as having 8 arms! Conincidence? As Sikhs we should not be promoting any form of idolatry and so I am asking why are we copying architecture with such symbolism from these cultures and religions that worship false deities NOT Waheguru!
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