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Mandala, the art of coloring (free printable)

What is Mandala?

Mandala, (Sanskrit: “circle”) in Hindu and Buddhist Tantrism, a symbolic diagram used in the performance of sacred rites and as an instrument of meditation.
In common use, “mandala” has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe. [Source]

Some real life examples of a mandala:

Coming from India, the most common tradition that comes to mind is drawing rangoli and henna to bring colour to our celebrations.

House of cards
Yes, Tibetan sand of art in House of Cards is a sand mandala which is a part of Tibetan Buddhist Tradition.

Adult Coloring Books

Another form where Mandalas are gaining attention is in the form of adult coloring books. The books as a form of adult therapy have really gained popularity in 2010s.

Adult colouring book

BN’s Pick: That Crazy Doodler

We came across this very interesting facebook page while we were searching for some doodlers. The symmetry and uniqueness in the designs is what makes it all the way more special.

Girl behind the page

The face behind That crazy doodler is Vinita Varier who is an IT professional and enjoys making Mandalas.


“I have been drawing all my life but took to mandalas a few years ago as a form of relaxation. I enjoy doodling in general and adding symmetry to it was all the more fun. I am an IT professional and mom to a dog and a human, so usually draw when they sleep :)”, says Vinita.

You can also check her Insta at:

Vinita was kind enough to share some of her mandalas in the form of free printable with BN which can be downloaded and colored as one likes!
We will be happy to see the colors and creativity in your mandalas, please tag @bestiesnotepad and @that_crazy_doodler if you upload 🙂

Just click on the file to download, print and color it on 🙂



Mandala, tajmahal mandala


BN recommended books for adult colouring:




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62 thoughts on “Mandala, the art of coloring (free printable)

  1. I have always been drawn to Mandalas and I am amazed at the talent of That Crazy Doodler. That watercolor was mesmerizing! I can’t wait to print them out and color. With my career path being highly stressful, I could use the relaxation of coloring these. One last note, I saw the episode of Tibetan sand art in House of Cards and would love to see that done in person. Hard to believe it is created then just taken away.

    1. Thank you 😊
      Please upload the picture and tag us if you can, we will be happy to see that 😊
      Yeah! Tibetan sand art looked solo beautiful 😊

  2. I absolutely love adult coloring books . . . I used to just keep coloring in my kid’s books but then other people caught on that grown-ups like coloring too! haha. My favorite one has mandala-like patterns on animals.

  3. Wow amazing to learn more I have a couple adult coloring books and love them helps me relax and focus on just that and nothing else at that moment! Thank you for sharing

  4. I’ve always liked these drawings. It’s so nice to learn more about the background of Mandala, why it’s called that way and what it means. It’s such a lovely symbol.

  5. OMG I love coloring the Mandelas. I have the Secret Gardens adult coloring book and I love it. Coloring is a great way to release stress.

  6. I went through a phase where I was coloring in adult coloring books like mad (helped me get through my mother’s terminal cancer) I found it all so relaxing and easy. I haven’t picked up a book in a while, but this post is making me want to break out the colored pencils again!

  7. I would love to see a Tibetan sand mandela in person. But this has proven difficult since they always dismantle the artwork at the end.

  8. I was actually debating a while ago when I first saw the adult coloring books in my local bookstore if I should buy one or not. They sounds good but I am not sure I will ever have the patience to color them.

  9. I love mandalas, they were a form of art therapy when i was in recovery. i love to color, it was so much fun and a great way to unwind and relax.

  10. I have this coloring book! I bought it when I was pregnant and it really helped mellow out a lot of the anxiety I was feeling.

  11. I have never heard of mandalas, new information for me, sounds like something I could enjoy. The whole idea of adult coloring is really relaxing and therapeutic..

  12. I remember this mandala adult coloring book became a trend 2-years ago and it was addicting. I helps me to overcome stress 🙂

  13. I love to color! Maybe even more than my daughters, it is very relaxing while you’re doing it and when its done and you look at your finish product you feel refreshed. I should print some of theses out, thanks for sharing! 🙂

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