Mandalas in Ladakh

Mandalas in Leh Ladakh

Mandala is a enormous chart which is used to meditate and concentrate by Buddhists and is an ancient and graphic symbol of universe of Hindus and Buddhists. Mandala is a support for the persons who are meditating. Manadala is constructed in a way that it has four doors, which displays the four corners of the earth.

The word Mandala is derived from the Sanskrit word “mand” and “la”. MAND means decorate and LA means sacred center. The Mandala is said to be started many thousands years before when the temples sacred space are decorated to reside and meditate. Squares and circles are drawn to signify time and space.

Mandalas are started when tantric ceremony is performed. This ceremony is performed on a sacred place and is decorated by the colored sand grains and is similar to the Vedic structure. To draw a Mandala is a part of training for all the monks who are studying in the monasteries or Gompa’s, even in Ladakh. The learning of Mandala consists of remembering the texts that indicate the names, lengths and positions of the main lines that describes the main structure of the Mandalas. Monks also learns the manual technique of drawing and pouring the sand.

Mandala represents the universe because it denotes the sacred surrounding of the Buddha. These Mandalas are drawn according to the teachings taught by the Buddha in the Abhidharma – kosa.