This “exploded view” construction diagram was made as part of a project to build large wooden yantras for Village Anusara at the 2011 Wanderlust Festival in Squaw Valley.
Yantras are mystical diagrams, spiritual hexes, and protective talismans all rolled into one object. This is a deity yantra, which belongs to one specific goddess and is used to invoke and hold her power. Gāyatrī is the goddess of Radiance, Learning, and Enlightenment. As such, she is associated with the Sun and with light in general. She is the wife of Brahma, the creator, and it is said she is the only goddess who spins no illusions!
This is the deity associated with the famous Gāyatrī mantra, used by both Hindus and Buddhists. She is sometimes called Savitri and understood to be the power of the Sun and illumination itself.