WELL KNOWN SYMBOL
SHREE YANTRA mandala is a symbol found in Hinduism. The four gates on each side note that if we are coming from the material world, we have access to the center from all directions. The inside has round structures, indicating unity. In the Shree Yantra Mandala, the lotus petals play an important role. They are a symbol of development and as they indicate the emergence from the lowest to the highest they are a powerful symbol of the chakras. The Shree Yantra Mandala is a matrix of nine interlocking triangles. Four of these are upright and are said to represent the male principle. The other five inverted triangles represent the female principle of the universe. The mandala is a shape that is often used in the design of many eastern temples.
Yantras come from the more than 2000 years old tantric tradition. A yantra is the yogic equivalent of the Buddhist mandala. Shree yantra is called the mother of all yantras because all other yantras derive from it. Man's spiritual journey from the stage of material existence to ultimate enlightenment is mapped on the Shree Yantra. The spiritual journey is taken as a pilgrimage in which every step is an ascent to the center, a movement beyond one's limited existence, and every level is nearer to the goal. Each of the circuits of the Shree Yantra, from the outer plane to the bindu (the center), corresponds with one of the stages of the spiritual journey. The goal of contemplating the Shree Yantra is that the adept can rediscover his primordial sources.