Difference between revisions of "Maṇdala"

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maṇdala (‘a circular figure that embellishes’)
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maṇdala literally means 'a circular figure that embellishes’.
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[[File:maṇdala.jpg|thumb|Maṇḍala]]
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The word ‘maṇḍala’ has been used in various senses in the Hindu scriptures and allied works depending upon the particular field of knowledge.
 
The word ‘maṇḍala’ has been used in various senses in the Hindu scriptures and allied works depending upon the particular field of knowledge.
 
In the Rgveda it is the name of the ten books or sections into which it is divided, based on the subject content.
 
In the Rgveda it is the name of the ten books or sections into which it is divided, based on the subject content.
 
[[File:maṇdala.jpg]]
 
  
 
In the ritualistic field, it is a circular diagram containing squares and triangles, generally prepared with coloured powders. When consecrated it acts like a fence or border protecting the ritual from evil influences and forces. The names of some of the maṇḍalas are: Sarvatobhadra,
 
In the ritualistic field, it is a circular diagram containing squares and triangles, generally prepared with coloured powders. When consecrated it acts like a fence or border protecting the ritual from evil influences and forces. The names of some of the maṇḍalas are: Sarvatobhadra,

Revision as of 10:21, 2 July 2015

BY Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Mandala, MaNdala, Mandala


maṇdala literally means 'a circular figure that embellishes’.

File:Maṇdala.jpg
Maṇḍala

The word ‘maṇḍala’ has been used in various senses in the Hindu scriptures and allied works depending upon the particular field of knowledge. In the Rgveda it is the name of the ten books or sections into which it is divided, based on the subject content.

In the ritualistic field, it is a circular diagram containing squares and triangles, generally prepared with coloured powders. When consecrated it acts like a fence or border protecting the ritual from evil influences and forces. The names of some of the maṇḍalas are: Sarvatobhadra, Caturliñgabhadra, Prāsādavāstumaṇḍala, Hariharamaṇḍala and so on. A Hindu temple when viewed from above, represents a maṇḍala. In the works on political science (arthaśāstra or rājyaśāstra) maṇḍala is a part of a king’s territory. A maṇḍala is made up of four deśas, each deśa contain¬ing 100 villages. In some works, this definition has been reversed, making the maṇḍala a subdivision of deśa.