Mandala Monday – Yantras and Their Role in Our Life by Mona Singh

Yantras and Their Role in Our Life

‘Yantra’ is a Sanskrit word that refers to an instrument with integrated energies. The Yantras or Mandalas basically represent the Hindu religion mantras in a graphical form and are thus considered ideal for bringing positive vibes.

There are different Yantras for different energies, each one presenting a geometric representation of a particular mantra. This visible depiction can be in any form – lines, triangle, circle, cross or square etc. which signifies diverse degrees of energy.

Today, these sacred instruments are available in many different forms and are popular among all parts of the world. People buy Yantras online as well as from the stores to increase the flow of auspicious energies in the close environment.

How are Yantras Formed?

Each and every Yantra is formed by bringing together a combination of some specific symbols. Most of them are made of a metal base these days with the mantra engraved on their surface.

There are 8 different kinds of metals that can be used for such a construction, including copper, silver, gold and crystal. Bone, Vishu stone and birch can also be used. The selection of the base also depends on the nature of Yantra to be designed and on the affordability level of the user.

After formation, the holy tool is also energized over with prayers, worship and devotional acts that energize it. This process of energizing is called ‘siddhi’ or’sidhh’ in Hindi, which is done for developing some auspicious energy grated by a respective planet.

How Can Yantras Help You?

As discussed above, each Yantra has a different purpose. Each one’s impact is varied, depending on its usage. So you can wear one according to your requirement – to encourage family harmony, to increase your wealth luck, to be blessed with a baby, to spell away an evil eye, enhance prosperity, to prevent accidents and much more.

Truly speaking, there is a Yantra for every purpose. Hence no matter what your problem is, you can get one for combating it. When a Yantra’s intensity is combined with our prayers, we achieve positive results soon.

Yantras are also a great alternative for chanting the mantras orally as we are likely to make mistakes in pronunciation. It is also believed that our prayers reach the deities sooner when we include these pious instruments in our worshipping method.

Some Popular Yantras

Here are some well-known variants of Yantras and their uses:

Shree Yantra – This sacred instrument is also known as Shri Chakra. The Yantra depicts nine interlocking triangles, emitting from a center point.


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Shree Yantra is considered very useful in fulfilling all our wishes by empowering our mental strength. Its worship will help the bearer achieve all he worldly desires.

Vahan Durghatna Nashak Yantra – As the name indicates, the instrument is meant for safeguarding your vehicle against unfortunate accidents. Anyhow, placing it the vehicle doesn’t eliminates the need of careful driving but its energy will help in increasing the safety level.


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Placing it of the front part (dashboard) of the vehicle is believed to protect you from accidents and other vehicle-related mishaps.

Mahalaxmi Yantra – This auspicious Yantra is ideal for maximizing your wealth luck. It depicts a beautiful figure of goddess Mahalaxmi, seated on a blossoming lotus flower.


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You are supposed to place it in the cash drawer, cupboard or cash box and must worship it daily with faith. Regular puja and mantra chanting is believed to please Mahalaxmi. She showers blessings on her worshippers in the form of wealth, success and prosperity.

Apart from these there are several other forms as well. If you are looking for a solution to a long-standing problem, you can easily buy Yantras online by spotting the right one through carefully reading the provided information.

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Mandala Monday – Mandala: The Origin of the Word by Epouna

If you have ever wondered why every mandala that you see is round in shape, it is because the English word circle is translated from the Sanskrit word mandala. Although you may have been recently introduced to the term, it is certainly nothing new. In fact, the idea behind mandala was used in many religions, thousands of years ago, long before it began its rise in popularity in the Sanskrit world.

Painted 19th century Tibetan mandala of the Naropa tradition

The powerful circular form of the mandala is prevalent in Buddhist and Hindu religions. You will notice four gates in the shape of a T that extend from the center point in these pieces, showing the circle of unity. Vajrayana is a Tibetan branch of Buddhism that offer total enlightenment by creating their mandalas as sandpaintings. Of course, this is certainly not the only example of mandala used in religion.

Tibetan monks making a temporary “Sand-Mandala”
in the City-Hall of Kitzbuehel in Austria.

The moji-mandala is a common form you will find in Nichiren Buddhism. It’s created as a wooden tablet or a hanging paper scroll. These not only hold inscriptions of Chinese characters but medieval Sanskrit as well to cover Buddha’s concepts, enlightenment and protective elements as well as other gods of Buddha. Nichiren religions worship this form of mandala, also referred to as Gohonzon.

Two and three-dimensional mandalas with geometric angles are used in meditation in Hindu rituals. Referred to as Yantras in this case, it is believed that the gods live within them. Therefore, each Yantras is unique to one god. Individuals who use Yantras for worship are able to seek the presence of these gods to ask for guidance.

A diagramic drawing of the Sri Yantra, showing the outside square,
with four T shaped gates, and the central circle.

Those who practice the Christian religion may be familiar with mandala in the form of rosary, halos, Crown of Thorns, rosy cross, rose windows and Celtic crosses. These are all used by worshipers to feel closer to God.

Interior of the rose at Strasbourg Cathedral.

For many centuries, the Bora Ring site has been used for initiation rituals by Australian natives. The girdle or circular belt worn by the acolytes is referred to as the Bora. Intricate stone arrangements such as Stonehenge offer a close relation to the mandala and Bora Ring. Creator-spirit Baiame is represented in ancient art and rock carvings as a mandalan figure.

You will find a collection of both inner and outer circles when viewing a mandala. These offer a different representation depending on which religious group is viewing the piece. Native-Americans have also used the mandala form in their culture. The inner mandala supports offerings pertaining to the body while the outer supports human senses.

You may or may not be familiar with labyrinths which are closely related to the mandala as they both take you on a circular journey toward the heart of the piece. Minotaur of ancient mythology was the inspiration behind the first labyrinth being built so that it could be held safely. The labyrinth’s center is viewed as being divine just as the mandala’s center offers enlightenment.


The greatest of mandalas is the spiral or circle of life. Trusting in your beliefs will give you the truest meaning. These are the strong beliefs that send you on an inner journey as you observe and are surrounded by the outer world, just as the mandala began its journey in the Sanskrit world.

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