This symbol is composed of nine interlocking triangles that radiate
outwards from the center or bindu point. This central point is
considered the meeting place or junction between the physical world and
the spiritual world or the unmanifest source. Of the nine triangles,
four point to the sky and is believed to be symbols for Shiva (the
masculine), while the five pointing downwards represent Shakti (or the
feminine). Because of this, the Sri Yantra is believed to be a strong
symbol for the union of the masculine and the feminine divine.
The nine main triangles also form 43 smaller triangles, which is said
to represent the entire universe or cosmos. Eight lotus petals surround
the triangles, while a larger ring of 16 lotus petals surround both.
This is finally enclosed in a temple-like square, which contains four
The word ‘yantra’ means ‘instrument’ and this is exactly what this
symbol is: an instrument or powerful tool for intense meditation,
prayer or concentration to allow one to achieve a higher level of
consciousness. The Sri Yantra acts as a focusing point, with an inner
and outer doorway that can lead one to commune with different deities
through various levels or force centers in the universe.