According to Hindu faith, women who desire a son would do well to worship Bhauma, the celibate lord of war, and son of Prithvi or Bhumi, the Earth Goddess. "One should intone the following mantra, Aum hang Hamsha kahm Khah while visualizing this Mangal yantra for a year," explains Dr. Sneh Gangal. Obtaining vibrant colors form natural stones, Dr. Gangal replicates the legendary yantra with her unique sense of art. Painted on ivory paper, it features a lined matting board.
Dr. Gangal is inspired by the yantras in Mantra Mahodathi by Dr. Sudhakar Malvaya. A yantra, according to Indian metaphysics, is a geometric representation of energy. According to Hindu Tantras, a mantra is regarded as the ray of consciousness that a yantra represents figuratively. Indian truth-seekers believe that everything in this world represents the abstract energies of a deity, hence every visual phenomenon is a form of yantra. Each yantra has a distinctive pattern that cannot be changed, but which Dr. Gangal embellishes in her own creative way.