Not just a pretty circle
Mandala means ‘circle’ in Sanskrit. They are composed of shapes and even symbols, creating a circular pattern. Mandalas reflect balance, eternity, and perfection. The repetitive designs inside of mandalas create a sense of harmony.
This blooming effect can also remind people of a flower and represent femininity and the blossoming of life. But really, there are plenty of meanings for mandalas. You can kind of take your pick. They usually come in floral or tribal styles, but with tattoos, you can obviously mix and match to make a mandala tattoo that completely fits your style.
This makes mandalas popular art in various religions.
- Buddhist monks drew them on the sand in temples and used them in their meditation practices and other rituals. Mandalas reflect a balanced body in mind, which is in line with their beliefs.
- Hinduism often displays a mandala in their room for prayer or meditation, because they link it to focus.
- Christian churches often incorporate mandalas in their stained-glass windows.