Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Mandalas

Written By Bhavya Chopra (Grade 5)


Art is a unique idea that has been developed almost since the beginning of civilization. There are many forms of art, like architecture, painting, sculpture, song, dance, and writing. Out of all of these, my favourite style of art is mandala painting. In Asian civilizations, mandalas serve as ritual and spiritual symbols. These were originally used by Brahmans as part of Hindu worship. It originated from the Rig Veda, which was divided into 10 different mandalas.

Mandalas are sacred diagrams in the shape of circles inside a square. They are full of complex, colourful symbols and images that represent the universe. These geometric designs hold a great deal of meaning in Hindu and Buddhist cultures. They are an instrument of meditation and symbols of prayer in China, Japan, Indonesia, and Tibet as well.

There are three main types of mandalas: the teaching mandala, the healing mandala, and the sand mandala. Teaching mandalas are symbolic, and each shape, line, and colour represents an aspect of a philosophical or religious system. They serve as colourful maps for their creators. Healing mandalas, used for meditation, are said to be more spontaneous. Sand mandalas are made as traditional and religious instruments. The geometric and colourful designs attract me to this art form. I feel a sense of calmness in my mind when I look at a mandala.

I was introduced to this art form by my grandmother, who had bought me a colouring book of mandala designs. When I used to get bored, I would take the book and colour in the designs. This piqued my interest in this art form and made me attached to it. In Buddhism, temporary mandalas are made from paper or painted in colourful sand or chalk. There are also permanent mandalas, which are painted on textile and wood, usually to invoke the Buddha and divine beings. Some Buddhist temples take inspiration from mandalas and bring the idea of entering a mandala to life. For example, a temple in Tibet called the ‘Gyatse Kumbum’ is a perfect mandala.

When I get bored, I sometimes sit with my mandala book and colour in it. Now I have also started drawing mandalas using references from Google. When I draw a mandala, it really helps me to relax and keep my cool. I think that it is a very cool form of art, and I really like it.


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