The World of Mandala and Colors

mandala with leaves and stones

Certainly for all of us, there have been moments of stress and worry in life, stress and crippling worries! One of the treatment methods in psychology and self-knowledge is drawing different shapes of mandala and coloring them. 

In fact, colors with different emotions can have different effects on the viewer. So, knowing the right color choice for a mandala is necessary to show its deeper meaning.

But before that, let’s take a closer look at the world of mandalas:

What is a mandala?

The mandala is a religious and spiritual symbol in various religions.  In Sanskrit, the ancient language of the Indian people, it means circle. In fact, mandalas are designs that start from a circular center and eventually turn into different shapes of circles, squares and polygons.

The final geometric shape of the mandala, in various religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism and even modern psychology to represent the universe, is the world within man. And contributes to personal and spiritual growth and development.  Because it pays attention to both the inner world of man and the outer world.

colorful mandala

History of Mandala

Indeed, the first mandala design originated in Indian Buddhist art around the first century BC. Gradually, this design took various forms, and each mandala design with different colors has taken on a special meaning.

black Budda

Why mandala? What is the goal?

The design of mandalas is drawn in a rotating shape.  Because each design has a central point, a symmetrical pattern emerges that instills a kind of inner integrity and order in the audience.  Moreover, each mandala with a specific color represents a symbol.

Why is a mandala valuable?

Because by drawing and painting the mandala, it pays less attention to external stresses and helps us to relax and return energy.  Yogis also use symbols with different mandala designs for their meditation. In addition, in art therapy, patients are asked to control their minds by drawing and coloring mandalas so that they can relax.

a woman drew a mandala

Types of mandalas and their meanings

There are many different types of mandalas, both artistically and spiritually.  Also, every culture has a variety of mandalas.  However, mandalas have a main type that includes:

1. Teaching Mandala

Firstly, each shape, line and color in teaching mandalas are selected according to principles.  That is why this type of mandala is symbolic.

teaching mandala

2. Healing Mandala

Secondly, these mandalas are more visual.  Healing mandalas are created to calm and maintain concentration, which is why they are used in meditation.

healing mandala

3. Sand Mandala

Thirdly, Buddhist monks, as well as in Navajo culture, have long used sand mandalas.  Also, these mandalas have intricate designs that are full of various symbols.  So, all of this is made of sand to remind them that life and all its belongings are not permanent.

sand mandala

Let’s see the magic of colors in mandalas:

The meaning of colors in mandalas

Colors have a different symbolic function in the religion, culture and art of each country and region.  Knowing this and choosing the right color for mandalas, you can show the true meaning of each symbol in the form of a mandala.

a painted mandala

The meaning of mandala color in psychology

Mandala colors in psychology in general:

Black Mandala meaning

The color black in the mandala symbolizes mystery, individuality and deep thinking.

black mandala

White Mandala meaning

White is the focus of spirituality and purity.

white mandala

Red Mandala meaning

Red symbolizes passion, high energy and strength.

red mandala

Orange Mandala meaning

Orange is a symbol of intuition and self-awareness, transformation and creativity.

orange mandala

Yellow Mandala meaning

Yellow symbolizes laughter, joy and happiness, wisdom and learning.

yellow mandala

Green Mandala meaning

Green symbolizes the love of nature and care, greenery and freshness, improving mental ability and improving physical condition.

green mandala

Blue Mandala meaning

Blue is suitable for inner peace and meditation and is a symbol of emotional healing.

blue mandala

Purple Mandala meaning

The special color purple symbolizes that everything is spiritual.  That is, spirituality can be found in everything.

purple mandala

Pink Mandala meaning

Pink is a symbol of intuition and love.

pink mandala

In fact, for the first time in the twentieth century, psychologist Carl Jung used the mandala to treat diseases under the influence of Buddhist culture.
Thus, the mandala colors in the method used by Jung are as follows:
Red is a symbol of anger to lust. Purple is a symbol of creativity and narcissism. And finally, yellow is a symbol of intelligence and ingenuity.

woman drawing mandala

Buddhist mandala color meaning

Color is very important in Buddhism.  So, the use of colors in mandalas, which originally originated in Buddhism, is undeniable. Indeed, in every ritual, there are colors that are more specific than other colors and are used more in symbols.  This feature is also present in Buddhism.

mandala in a bowl

The meaning of mandala colors in Tantric Buddhism

There are six colors in this ritual.  Which include:
1.White color: It is a symbol of peace, reflection and comfort.
2.Green color: It is a symbol of exorcism.
3.Blue color: It is a symbol of life, wisdom and healing.
4.Yellow color: It is a symbol of self-control and food.
5.Red color: It is a symbol of surrender.

In fact, these 5 colors represent the five characters of the Buddha.  The color is used to represent any image of the Buddha. And finally, black color is a symbol of death and anger.

Tantric mandala

The meaning of mandala colors in Tibetan Buddhism

In Tibetan Buddhism, mandalas are usually drawn from the center to the outside, using five colors in the same way:
White color: It is symbol of openness.
Red color: It is symbol of vitality and strength.
Yellow color: It is a symbol of humility.
Blue color: It is a symbol of life, purity and infinity.
Black color: It is a symbol of darkness.

Of course, there are other colors in these mandalas:

Green color: It is a symbol of the earth, the balance between man and nature.
Golden color: It is a symbol of sun and fire.

The colors used in Tibetan sand mandalas are:

White is a symbol of faith.
Yellow is a symbol of effort.
Green is a symbol of meditation.
Red is a symbol of memory.
Blue is a symbol of wisdom.

Tibetan mandala

The meaning of mandala color in the modern world

However, many symbolic meanings of colors remain the same.  But some colors have taken on a different meaning over time.  For example:

Blue is also a symbol of sadness.

Green is also a symbol of jealousy.

In addition to being a symbol of love, red is also a symbol of anger. But black and white still have the same meanings as before. Black symbolizes death and white symbolizes purity.

mandala in the modern world


Today, mandalas can be found in all coloring books.  And anyone can start painting different mandala designs to get rid of external stress and increase their concentration.  And thus access the healing resource of this ancient art project.

You can have your own mandala, just pay attention to your emotions, to choose colors easier for you. The product of mandala can also be sand, beads and yarn, and the meanings of the color in these materials are the same as when we use it in painting.

Do you have your own mandala?

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