Maṇḍala (मण्डल) is a Sanskrit word meaning “circle. ” Mandalas have spiritual and ritual significance in Hinduism and Buddhism. The term is of Hindu origin. It appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Buddhism. The basic form of most Hindu and Buddhist mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.