A yantra is a specific form of mandala consisting of shapes and figures. The word ‘yantra’ means ‘instrument’, ‘machine’, ‘apparatus’, or ‘implement’. Thus, it is an instrument for tuning in with a particular energy. Yantras are usually associated with a particular deity and are used for specific benefits. As the embodiment of the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, Sri Yantra is used for the attraction of wealth or success.
Sri Yantra consists of nine interlocking triangles that surround a central point known as a bindu representing the cosmic center. The Sri Yantra represents the union of Masculine and Feminine. The four upward-pointing triangles represent the masculine embodiment Shiva, while the five downward-pointing triangles symbolize the female embodiment Shakti. The triangles are circumscribed by two concentric circles composed of 8 and 16 petals, representing the lotus of creation and reproductive vital force. The entire configuration is usually framed by the lines of an earth square, representing a temple with four doors open onto the regions of the universe.