Any of various ritualistic geometric designs symbolic of the universe, used in Hinduism and Buddhism as an aid to meditation.
[Sanskrit maṇḍalam, circle.]
man·dalic (mŭn-dălĭk) adj.
(click for a larger image)mandala
19th-century Tibetan pigment on cloth
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