Religious art or sacred art is artistic imagery using religious inspiration and motifs and is often intended to uplift the mind to the spiritual. Sacred art involves the ritual and cultic practices and practical and operative aspects of the path of the spiritual realization within the artist’s religious tradition
Indian Buddhist art
Two places suggest more vividly than any others the vitality of Buddhist cave painting from about the 5th century AD. One is Ajanta, a site in India long forgotten until discovered in 1817. The other is Dunhuang, one of the great oasis staging posts on the Silk Road…The paintings range from calm devotional images of the Buddha to lively and crowded scenes, often featuring the seductively full-breasted and narrow-waisted women more familiar in Indian sculpture than in painting.
The Shri Yantra or Shri Chakra is a form of mystical diagram used in the Shri Vidya school of Hindutva. It consists of nine interlocking triangles that surround a central point known as a BIndu These triangles represent the cosmos and the human body. Because of its nine triangles, Shri Yantra is also known as the Navayoni Chakra.When the 2 dimensional Shri Yantra is represented in the 3 dimensional , it is called a Mahameru.Mount meru derives its name from this shape. In addition to Mount Meru, all other yantras derive from the Shri Yantra.