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Charts: Yantra Diagrams Main Page

Yantra Masterworks

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Yantra Diagrams Description (below)
- Circular Yantra
- Deity Yantra
- Letters & Combinations Yantra
- Linga Effigy Yantra
- Yantra of People
- Yantra (Field Museum)
- Bon Religion Yantras
- Scorpion Symbolism Yantra
- Blockprints (N.D. Archive)
- Svarodaya Manuscript
- Magical Scripts
- Charts Main Page
- Confusions: Yantra Yoga, Letter Mandalas
- Others...

Video: Yantra Diagrams

Yantra diagrams (Sanskrit: यन्त्र) are a ritual object belonging to the classification of Charts. The are often created from carved blocks resulting in 'block prints.' Yantras can also be drawn by hand or painted with a brush. Yantras serve different ritual purposes that generally involve accompanying rituals to attract good fortune or to avert obstacles and misfortune.

Jeff Watt [updated 5-2017]


Bibliography:

Secret Visions of the Fifth Dalai Lama: The Gold Manuscript in the Fournier Collection. Samten Karmay. (Serindia Publications, 1988. Paperback 1999).

Tibetan Tantric Charms and Amulets, by Nik Douglas (From Original Woodblocks, 230 Plates with Descriptions and Meanings). Dover Publications: 1978, ISBN: 0486422100.

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).