Definition of Mandala

1. Noun. Any of various geometric designs (usually circular) symbolizing the universe; used chiefly in Hinduism and Buddhism as an aid to meditation.

Generic synonyms: Design, Figure, Pattern
Category relationships: Hindooism, Hinduism, Buddhism



Definition of Mandala

1. Noun. (Hinduism Buddhism) Any ritualistic geometric design, symbolic of the Universe, used as an aid to meditation. ¹

2. Noun. A division or book of the Rigveda (of which there are 10). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mandala

1. a Hindu or Buddhist graphic symbol of the universe [n -S] : MANDALIC [adj]

Mandala Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mandala

mancipate
mancipation
mancipatory
mancipee
manciple
manciples
mancosus
mancozeb
mancozebs
mancude
mancude-ring system
mancunide
mancus
mancuses
mand
mandala (current term)
mandalalike
mandalas
mandalic
mandalically
mandamus
mandamused
mandamuses
mandamusing
mandap
mandapa
mandarah
mandarahs
mandarin
mandarin collar

Literary usage of Mandala

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1. Dancing with Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Catechism by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (2003)
"... Upanishad Six—Family Life mandala 15: Husband and Wife 85 mandala 16: Marriage 91 mandala 17: Children 97 Upanishad Seven—Sacred Culture mandala 18: ..."

2. Report of a Tour in the Central Provinces and Lower Gangetic Doab in 1881-82 by Alexander Cunningham (1884)
"mandala. The fort of mandala is picturesquely situated in a bend of the ... mandala is not properly the name of a place, as it means only a district. ..."

3. Nichiren, the Buddhist Prophet by Masaharu Anesaki (1916)
"Whatever Nichiren's followers may claim about this mandala and the postscripts, and whatever criticism modern scholars may make, it remains an undoubted ..."

4. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bombay by Asiatic Society of Bombay (1902)
"The 4th mandala contains no apn. In the 5th mandala, the 5th hymn is again an dpri ... The 6th mandala again has no dpri in il ; but the 2nd hymn in the 7th ..."

5. The Earliest Cosmologies: The Universe as Pictured in Thought by Ancient by William Fairfield Warren (1909)
"... I—THE mandala OBLATION EVERY day in the year, in every Lamaist temple in Tibet, there is offered up by the officiating priest a notable oblation. ..."

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