Śrī Yantra

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Śrī Yantra or Śrī Cakra (Skt.). In Hinduism, especially Tantrism, the best known sacred diagram (yantra) charged with power. It commonly comprises nine intersecting triangles, five ‘female’ triangles representing Śakti pointing downwards and four ‘male’ triangles pointing upwards representing Śiva, though in some forms the order is reversed.

Within the Śrī Kula tradition of Tantrism, the Śrī Yantra is the visual equivalent of the Śrī Vidyā, a mantra of fifteen syllables. Each syllable represents a goddess who is located within the Śrī Yantra.