Mandalas and history

The mandala has been present in art and symbols throughout the ages and is one of the oldest symbols in the history of mankind.
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An Indian woman applies coloured powder to her "rangoli", a Hindu ritual design, in front of her house in Hyderabad on January 1, 2013. Rangolis are drawn in front of homes early in the morning with a beautiful motif to welcome relatives and friends to mark the New Year. — AFP Photo

An Indian woman applies coloured powder to her "rangoli", a Hindu ritual design. Rangolis are drawn in front of homes early in the morning with a beautiful motif to welcome relatives and friends to mark the New Year.

Carved marble at the Jain Adinatha Temple, Ranakpur, India. Photographer unknown. Searched & the closest image I found was this linked image by Fabian in 2008. via fabian-f on flickr. Anyone??

The renowned Jain temple at Ranakpur is dedicated to Adinatha. Ranakpur is a village located in Desuri Tehsil near Sadri town in the Pali district of Rajasthan in western India. Adinath or Adi Natha is a Sanskrit word meaning "First Lord"

Working on the sand mandala in Karsha monestary, near Padum, Ladakh.

To see one of these sacred & ancient sand mandalas created like this one in the Karsha monestary, near Padum, Ladakh. These works of art are created & then destroyed

1875 Chromolithograph Geometric Pattern Islamic Art Arabic Design Motif Quran

1875 Chromolithograph Geometric Pattern Islamic Art Arabic Design Motif Quran - Inspiration for SI Architects

Amiens Cathedral - Exquisite use of Mandala meeting architecture!!

Amiens, France Cathedral Rose Window, also called Catherine Windows after St. Catherine of Alexandria who was sentenced to be executed on a spiked wheel.

A very large, perfectly formed, ancient Hindu mandala called the Sri Yantra was discovered inscribed into the dry lake bed by an Air National Guard pilot on a normal training run from a base near Boise, Idaho. This symbol was over a quarter of a mile in length, and consisted of over 13 miles of lines etched into the impacted mud 3”-10” deep.

A very large, perfectly formed, ancient Hindu mandala called the Sri Yantra was discovered inscribed into the dry lake bed in Oregon

Tibetan Monks Painstakingly Create Incredible Mandalas Using Millions of Grains of Sand - My Modern Metropolis

Tibetan Monks Painstakingly Create Incredible Mandalas Using Millions of Grains of Sand

wetheurban: “ ART: Tibetan Monks Use Millions of Grains of Sand to Create Breathtaking Murals As part of a tour put on by an organization called The Mystical Arts of Tibet, a group of Tibetan Buddhist.

A shamsa (literally, sun) traditionally opened imperial Mughal albums. Worked in bright colors and several tones of gold, the meticulously designed and painted arabesques are enriched by fantastic flowers, birds, and animals

Rosette Bearing the Names and Titles of Shah Jahan”, Folio from the Shah Jahan Album. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper

Working on the sand mandala in Karsha monestary, near Padum, Ladakh.

To see one of these sacred & ancient sand mandalas created like this one in the Karsha monestary, near Padum, Ladakh. These works of art are created & then destroyed

Rangoli also known as Kolam is a folk art from India. Rangoli are decorative designs made on the floors of living rooms and courtyards during Hindu festivals. They are meant to be sacred welcoming areas for the Hindu deities. The ancient symbols have been passed on through the ages, from each generation to the next, thus keeping both the art form and the tradition alive. The patterns  are typically created with materials, including colored rice, dry flour,(colored) sand or even flower…

Find some beautiful and mesmerizing rangoli designs and patterns here. We have collected some of the best diwali rangoli designs that you can try on rangoli making competition or use to decorate your home and office for the celebration

Tibetan Sand Mandalas: Healing Through Sacred Art (Photo Gallery, Video)

Tibetan Sand Mandalas: Healing Through Sacred Art (Photo Gallery, Video)

A completed sand mandala. Photos courtesy of the American Foundation for Tibetan Cultural Preservation.

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