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Significance of triangle based mandanas, yantras and illusionary drawings for worship and meditation during Navratri festival
Navratri - the nine night Hindu festival dedicated to Devi Maa - is being celebrated in various parts of the India. In the Eastern and Northeastern states the celebrations take place in the form of Durga Puja. On the other hand, for the northern and western regions, the nine-night festival is observed to celebrate Devi Puja and the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana.

Traditionally, in the rural areas, it is celebrated in a simple way by wall and floor paintings with triangles as the auspicious symbols for the occasion. The symbolism of triangle and dot inside it is meant to represent Goddess Durga as symbols of regenerative energy, power and purity.

Symbolism based mandana paintings are wall and floor paintings of rural Rajasthan and neighbouring states which are drawn to protect home and hearth as well as welcome deities on their respective festivals for their auspicious beginning.

During Navratri festival, common mandana consists of the feet of Devi or Shakti Maa within the upper-side open square and a triangle with a dot.

Some mandanas consist of single triangle with a dot indicating a clockwise dynamic line patterns.  At times, they depict a series of triangles in odd numbers with the top inverted triangle.

Also, triangle based Yantras are made for worship and meditation with surrounding circle and square.

A few people draw an impossible triangle or tribar - an illusionary triangle -which is gazed at, to enhance attention and concentration and get into meditative stage.

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