The beauty and symbolism of a mandala tattoo

by John Griffith

Mandala tattoos have been taking the world by storm for a few years now. They seem to be very popular nowadays. The history of the mandala, however, dates all the way back to the 14th and 15th century. It comes from Hinduism and Buddhism. Many people nowadays choose these shapes for their tattoos, just because they look visually stunning. Other people, however are very interested to find out the true meaning of mandala tattoos. So, today we are going to explain the meaning behind some of the most popular mandala tattoos. What’s more, keep scrolling to find a gorgeous photo gallery and find the beauty of the mandala tattoo.

What does mandala mean?

The word mandala comes from Sanskrit and literally means “circle”. That is why mandalas are symmetrical and perfectly balanced. Mandalas are spiritual symbols, stemming from Hinduism and Buddhism. They represent greater connection to your inner self and the universe, as well as inner balance and meditation.

Mandala tattoo – representation of deeper connection with your inner self

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What are the most popular mandala symbols?

  1. Lotus mandala – they show greater spiritual growth. In Buddhism the lotus flower represents the forming of a spiritual connection with the universe and leaving behind the material world. In Hinduism, the lotus flower symbolises the breaking of physical barriers and the virtues of the human soul.
  2. Flower mandala – also knows as The Flower of Life. It unlocks good health and mindful life. Its perfect symmetry is a symbol of the balance in nature. It represents the creation of everything surrounding us.
  3. Elephant mandala – symbol of strength and great power. In hinduism, the elephant mandala is mostly related to Ganesha – the remover of obstacles. Because of his elephant head, this deity is easily recognisable. In Buddhism, the elephant mandala is directly linked to Buddha himself. So, it represents great control of the mind and meditation.
  4. Circle mandala – symbol of wholeness and oneness. The circle represents completion and unity, the entirety of our psyche. Circle mandalas can come in many different versions and with many different colours and meanings. They can also be seen as symbols of the four directions – north, west, east and south. They can even represent the four seasons – spring, summer, fall and winter. Even the four elements – air, fire, earth and water.

Stunning example of a mandala whole back tattoo

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To sum up, mandala tattoos represent spirituality. Buddhism was a religion widely popular amongst Buddhist monks. Trough meditation, they achieved great connection to the universe and their inner spirits. Mandalas are widely popular amongst the lovers of the bohemian lifestyle. Granted, they can be beautiful to look at, but their meaning is much, much deeper. So, if you want your tattoo to represent your inner growth and your spiritual mindful lifestyle, then a mandala tattoo is the perfect choice for you.

Beautiful dreamcatcher drawing you can get inspiration from

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Flower mandala tattoo

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Watercolour mandala forearm tattoo

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Mandala sleeve tattoo

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Beautiful lotus flower forearm tatoo

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Combination of mandala and contemporary art

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Stunning mandala back tattoo

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Mandala moons are also very popular

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The tattoo as a beautiful accessory

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Who says mandalas can’t be colourful

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Wonderful addition to your jewellery

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Lion mandala thigh tattoo

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Elephant shoulder tattoo

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Watercolour flower tattoo

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Half mandala, half contemporary tattoo design

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Mandala hour glass tattoo design

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The Hamsa hand, also known as the Hand of God

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Mandala tattoo sleeve

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Beautiful matching tattoos

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Minnie mouse getting the mandala treatment

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Any type of watercolour tattoo always looks amazing

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John Griffith

John Griffith is a young, passionate journalist. Writing has been John’s hobby ever since he was a boy. He has worked in some of the UK’s most successful news portals over the course of his professional career but found his forever home at Archzine.