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Borjgali (Georgian: ბორჯღალი; also Borjgala or Borjgalo) is a Georgian symbol of the Sun with seven rotating wings.


The term Borjgali is believed to derive from Megrelian word ბარჩხალი (barchkhali), which literally means "strong shining". Some other scholars believe that it has different origins. In old Megrelian borj means "time" and gal means "pass" or "flow". So the whole phrase would mean "the flow of time".

Modern usage[edit]

Georgian rugby player with Borjgali on his shorts and shirt

Nowadays, the symbol is used in Georgian IDs and passports, as well as on currency and by the Georgian Rugby Union. Georgian rugby team players are called ბორჯღალოსნები (borjgalosnebi), which means "Men bearing Borjgali". It was also used on the naval ensign of Georgia during the late 1990s and early 2000s.[1] Georgian nationalists often use symbol to emphasize national pride.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Armand du Payrat, CV(R) (2000). Album des pavillons nationaux et des marques distinctives / National flags and distinctive markings (in French and English). Daniel Roudaut (ill.) (8th. ed.). Brest (France): S.H.O.M. (Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine). p. 238. ISBN 2-11-088247-6, 978-2-11-088247-9.Previous edition: [pie90]
    Format: A4 (tall) (279×210 mm)

Further reading[edit]

  • Symbol dictionary [1]
  • Historical Dictionary of Georgia, Alexander Mikaberidze
  • T. Wilson „The swastika, the earliest known symbol and its migrations“ Wosh. 1990
  • Transcaucasian Banknotes, Arutiun Airapetian, p. 52