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What is a Mandala?

Updated: Apr 24, 2022

You are probably familiar with the term mandala but may not truly know what it represents.

It can generally be defined as a geometric figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist cultures, and in Sanskrit, the sacred language of Hinduism, it means a sacred circle.

Mandala art begins with a center point, while all other lines and symbols vibrantly radiate out from that point. Each consequent circle is called a chakra (or wheel), which is why a mandala symbolizes unity and harmony. Drawing mandalas is a form of art therapy that is proven to reduce anxiety, tension, and overall stress.

Traditional mandala colors represent various elements, sentiments, and attributes:

Red= strength

Pink= love, intuition

Orange= creativity, transformation, self-awareness

Yellow= learning, wisdom, happiness.

Mandalas originated primarily in Hindu and Buddhism practicing countries like India, Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. The circular design is meant to communicate the idea that life is never ending, and everything is connected. The mandala also represents spiritual journey within the individual viewer. (

“It is all about finding peace in the symmetry of design & of the universe.”

-Saudamini Madra, visual artist

Mandalas have been recognized by psychology as a therapeutic tool. Swiss psychologist Carl Jung said they’re like representations of our mind. He thought they made it easier for us to concentrate on, transform, and internalize subconscious thoughts. His belief was that we project our emotions and thoughts into the mandala designs. (

Since our chakras are energy forces tethered to our physical self and environment, people use mandalas to center their body and mind. Not only does this art form help with your emotional wellness and reduce stress, it also produces some amazing art pieces!

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