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Before getting deep into Tantra paintings let us understand the concept of Tantric philosophy. This philosophy primarily works on combining of body behavior and meditation. The two important elements are universe also known as macrocosm and physical body microcosm. According to the philosophy, when one combines body behavior in a disciple way along with meditation then a new source of power generates within that helps in controlling the outer world. This connection between macrocosm and microcosm is well represented through tantra paintings.

Tantra tradition is an integral part of Hinduism and it includes usage of mantra. The later term refers to symbolic speech. Tantra paintings are quite unique in the sense that the theme and images are very contrasting in nature. The images could be oblique, multivalent or abstract and are normally very complex. Quite layered in structure, tantra paintings are known to be obscure. The reason being, it reflects meditation on paper which also makes it as a symbol of worship to the tantric followers.

The creation of these paintings is very interesting. The process of painting is accompanied by chanting and meditation. That helps in invoking the deity. This ritual is also known as Pranaprathistha that later on helps in paintings getting power and energy. The colors mainly used are black, red, gold and green. One interesting aspect of these paintings is mandala or symbolic speech or diagrams. A regular part of tantric paintings, mandala is basically a symbolic geometric pattern. It symbolizes cosmos or microcosm. Mandala helps the followers in meditation and concentration. The best part about these paintings is the spiritual aura surrounding them. It is not just a form of art. It’s a form of meditation and manifestation of supreme power.

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