Purushkara Yantra

Unknown18th century

Museo Nacional de Antropología, Madrid

Museo Nacional de Antropología, Madrid
Madrid, Spain

This painting shows Purushkara Yantra, a cosmic figure in whose dress the different levels of existence are represented. This figure is linked to beliefs originating in India and adopted by Hinduism and Jainism.
“Yantras” are visual instruments used to enhance human energy and help discipline the mind and eyes in one direction of thought, which is fundamental to meditation. Their special power is activated when accompanied by sacred utterances that form a mantra, which is an auditory instrument for enhancing energy.
The use of “yantras” is directly linked to tantra, a philosophy that is as much a life experience as a scientific method used by humans to manifest their inherent spiritual power.
In the upper left-hand side of the painting, the artist has accidentally left a handprint in red paint.


  • Title: Purushkara Yantra
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w93 x h139 cm
  • Type: Watercolor painting
  • External Link: CERES
  • Materials: Pigments, silk
  • Cultural Context: Rajasthan, India

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