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The mandala is a circular representation of the cosmos in its connection with divine powers. It is a symbol of human wholeness and often used as an instrument of contemplation. (This gallery has over 25,000 hits with an average of 14 hits per day.)
Rose Window, Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris, France, circa 1260 Inspired by the rose window Four squares, American Indian Tibetan tangka, late 14th century
Fractal #41 by Thomasz Dziubinski Photography, modern Sun mask, Northwest coast American Indian Missal, Germany, 13th century Aztec calendar, 1479
Tibetan mandala, 18th century Krishna dances with sheperdesses, India, 17th century Vishnu, Nepal, 1420 Dali Christ by Paul Heussenstamm, modern
Tree of Death and Life from the Archbishop of Salzburg's missal,1481 Leonardo's knot, Italy, circa 1500 Japanese mandala, 17th century Navaho sand painting
By Emma Kuntz, Switzerland, 20th century By Carl Jung, Switzerland, 20th century The Castle by Carl Jung, Switzerland, 20th century Game of Spheres, 20th century
Fresco, West Bhutan The Sun, wire construction by Richard Lippold, 20th century Burning bush icon, Russia, 18th century The Perfect Man, 2,500 BC
Chinese mirror, Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD) Roman mosaic, 1st century Wheel of Salvation sun dial, Sun Temple, Orissa, India, 13th century Japanese sand mandala
Sand mandala of Kalachakra Yamantaka sand mandala Mountains and Tents, American Indian Womb of the World, Japan, circa 1750
Kaleidoscope, modern, computer generated Kaleidoscope quilt, USA, modern Eyes Mandala by Paul Heussenstamm, modern Mirrored moons, American indian
Aquarius, from a Book of Hours, Italy, circa 1475 Perpetual motion and perpetual rest simultaneously, Rajasthan, India, 17th century The Cosmic Form of Vishnu, Rajasthan, India, 18th century Rose window, Chartres Cathedral, France
Mandala for astronomical computation and meditation,Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India, 18th century Yantras for serial meditation, tangka, Nepal, 19th century Mandalas of the dead, representing deities of the other world, Tibet, 19th century Goddess of Earth and Plenty, Nepal, 16th century
Astrologer's map, Holland, 17th century Chinese mirror #2, Han Dynasty, 206 BC to 220 AD Altar fan, western Europe, 13th century Mount Meru, gilt bronze offering, Northern China, 18th century
Sun wheel, Stone Age, 2.5 to 2 million years ago Vocal vibration Snow crystal Drawing of a lotus
Dance of Spring, culminating in the union of Gopis with Krishna, Jaipur, India, circa 1800 Adam and Eve, miniature, Florence, Italy Union of Wisdom and Compassion, Tibet Wheel of life
Sound wave Laquerware plate, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2001 Modern celtic mandala Four seasons, American Indian
Healing Presence by Paul Heussenstamm, modern Angels turning the Wheel of Life, miniature, France, 14th century Mandala of heightened consciousness, Tibet, 19th century Tibetan thangka (Rudin Museum, NYC, USA)
Mandala for man-cosmos unity, Nepal, 18th century Varuna mandala-yantra, Varanasi (Benares), India Unity of cosmic consciousness, Nepal, circa 1700 Diagram of the cosmos, Rajasthan, India, 18th century
Mandala with seven-headed naga, Krabi, Thailand Ceiling mandala, Bangkok, Thailand Sand mandala, New York City, USA Stone, natural mandala, Rajasthan, India
Spiral nebula, natural mandala Samye, Tibet, a town built as a mandala in the 8th century