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Maha Sri Yantra
Maha Sri Yantra
Sun Yantra
Sun Yantra

The general meaning of the word yantra is “a machine,” and so in this sense a washing machine, a television or even a computer is a yantra. In a religious context a yantra is a symbolic diagram that represents a Deity and is used primarily for puja and meditation. Yantras are generally inscribed onto thin copper or silver plates that shows a geometric shape, often some numbers and even the inscription of a Deity. Virtually every Deity will have ayantra. Thus it common to find Narayana yantras, Lakshmi or Shri yantras, Nava Graha yantras, Durga yantras, and so on. A yantra can be used in much the same way as a murti or sacred image is worshipped during puja. Yantrashave other uses as well. They are often placed underneath a sacred image when it is newly installed onto a temple altar. A Shri yantras, (the yantra for the Goddess of wealth and prosperity) or a Ganesha yantra (for good luck) is often kept near one’s check book or business books. Yantras are often used in astrology. If one needed to boost the influence of a certain astrological influence, the yantra for that influence may be worshipped and kept on a family or personal altar. Yantras are sometimes placed above doorways to near entrance ways to homes and other buildings. See the illustrations of some typical yantras.