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What are Yantras?

A Yantra is a geometric design which represents the Goddess in human form.

The bindu in the centre of Yantras allows the primal feminine energy to enter into the design therefore bringing it into life. Yantras are often used as a tool to assist meditation.

Symbols used in Yantras

Certain shapes and patterns are commonly used in yantras, these include squares, triangles, circles and floral patterns but may also include more complex and detailed symbols, for instance:

  • The lotus flower typically represent chakras, with each petal representing a psychic propensity (or vritti) associated with that chakra.
  • A dot, or bindu, represents the starting point of creation or the infinite, unexpressed cosmos.
  • The shatkona (Sanskrit name for a Hexagram) composed of a balance between:

– An upwards triangle which according to Tantra denotes energy, or more specifically action and service. It may also denote spiritual aspiration, the element of fire, or Shiva. It is also said to represent the static substratum of the cosmos.

– A downwards triangle which according to Tantra denotes spiritual knowledge. It may also denote the creative power of the cosmos, fecundity, the element of water, or Shakti

  • Bija mantras (usually represented as characters of Devan?gar? that correspond to the acoustic roots of a particular chakra.

Geometric element meanings

  • Point = Energy of the element ether
  • Circle = Energy of the element water
  • Square = Energy of the element earth
  • Upward-facing Triangle = Energy of the element fire; energy
  • Downward-facing Triangle = Energy of the element water; knowledge
  • Diagonal line = Energy of the element air
  • Horizontal line = Energy of the element water
  • Vertical line = Energy of the element fire