A mandala tattoo is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism that represents the universe. The mandala tattoo is an important and powerful symbol of protection, balance and unity. The basic design of a mandala tattoo is a circle, often within a circle, with intricate designs and patterns radiating from a central point. These patterns symbolize the interconnectedness of all life within the universe, and the fact that we are all part of a larger cosmic consciousness. As such, mandala tattoos often contain elements of balance, harmony, interconnectedness and cosmic unity. They are also said to confer a sense of peace and protection, as well as healing and balance in life.