Mandala is a term of Hindu origin used in other Indian religions, such as Buddhism. It, essentially, refers to any geometric drawing or pattern created with the purpose of representing the Universe in a symbolic, metaphysical way - in a nutshell, it's a human vision of the Cosmos. The Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism has been dedicated to the creation of Mandalas from coloured sand for years. According to tradition, this subject is important, not only to create a sacred space that induces meditation, but also to raise the attention of possible converts to Buddhism.
It's no wonder, then, that entire groups of monks dedicate days - even weeks - to the construction of these authentic spiritual tools, made from thousands of millions of grains of painted sand that, once they are finished, are santified and destroyed with the same devotion and dedication with which they were built. Everything starts from nothing...
You start by drawing over the surface. A long task of filling the various areas in the drawing with coloured sand or finely crushed rocks dust ensues.
You need a lot of patience and you must be very careful. The monks use small objects that resemble pipettes to place the sand with scalplel precision.
After it's finished, the Mandala is sanctified and the destruction process begins. The destruction of the Mandala is often a structured process. Each area corresponds to a specific deity and is destroyed according to a certain order.
To finish, the entire amount of sand used in the construction is gathered and thrown into the water. This procedure symbolizes the transcendency of life and the renunciation of the material world.