Pair of Golden fish or Twin Kissing Fish Symbolism

“The Pair Of Golden Fishes

These have their origins in the two sacred rivers of India the Ganges and the Yamuna. Symbolically, these rivers signify the lunar and solar channels of the human body, originating in the nostrils and carrying the alternating rhythms of breath, or chi, also known as prana. So the golden fishes bring life and happiness. They represent fertility and abundance as they multiply rapidly. Fish often swim in pairs, and in China, a pair of fish signifies conjugal fidelity and unity.

Giving a pair of fish as a wedding present is regarded as very auspicious. This signifies a fervent wish for the couple to find happiness together and be blessed with many children. The Chinese word for fish yu also means great wealth, so material prosperity is also wished for the couple.

The fish used in the symbolism here is usually the carp, which is regarded as sacred to many Asian cultures because of its beauty, its size and its long lifespan. In India and Tibet, the golden carp is regarded as being exceptionally auspicious. Even in ancient Egypt, a pair of fish is regarded as a sacred icon as it symbolizes the life – bringing waters of the River Nile. Having fish in one’s home especially in pairs is thus very auspicious.”

While originally symbolizing the rivers Ganges and Yamuna, the Golden Fish (matsya) came to represent good fortune in general, for Hindus, Jain and Buddhists. Within Buddhism it also symbolises that living beings who practice the dharma need have no fear to drown in the ocean of suffering, and can freely migrate (chose their rebirth) like fish in the water — General Symbols Buddhism


See also the Kissing Fish of Ayodha: Carved in stone: Historic India-Korea links discovered

Kissing twin stone fish sculpture

Kissing twin stone fish sculpture Photo: India Times

According to a few short passages in the Samguk Yusa, an 11th-century Korean chronicle, Heo Hwang-ok, consort of Suro of Geumgwan Gaya was originally a princess born in the ancient kingdom of Ayodhya (in modern day India).[3] She was the first queen of Geumgwan Gaya, and is considered an ancestor by several Korean lineages. Archeologists discovered a stone with two fish kissing each other, a symbol of the Gaya kingdom that is unique to the Mishra royal family in Ayodhya, India. This royal link provides further evidence that there was an active commercial engagements between India and Korea since the queen’s arrival to Korea in the year 48 CE. — Wikipedia’s entry “Indians in Korea“, and more from A Princess from Ayodha


Yet another use of twin fish emblem comes from the depictions found on early Christian tombs in Galatia and Rome – see illustration in Ranajit Pal’s “Jesus Christ was Amyntas of Galatia“, according to which the symbol referred to followers of the historical Isa Amen.


4 thoughts on “Pair of Golden fish or Twin Kissing Fish Symbolism

  1. Nandy says:

    this has shed more light on what i have been researching on with regards to the symbolism of fish. I wish i could share with you the image i have, i would really appreciate if you could help me translate the meaning behind the inscriptions.

  2. Chitra says:

    Nandy and AK, it is really a long time. I just read your post.
    Nandy, what type of research did you do on the fish symbol. Kindly share if you can with Thanks.

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