“There is no need of great austerities or penances to worship the Lord, for He accepts even a small service offered by His devotee. Thus He is satisfied, and as soon as He is satisfied, the devotee is successful. Indeed, Lord Sri Ramachandra brought all the devotees of Ayodhya back home, back to Godhead.”~Srimad Bhagavatam 5.19.8

Hanuman showing the images in his heart, in Kalighat folk style, c.1880

Source: Barbara Rossi, From the Ocean of Painting: India’s Popular Paintings 1589 to the Present. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. Page 64, plate 19. Scan by FWP, Aug. 2001.

“A pilgrim’s souvenir painting depicting Hanuman revealing Rama and Sita in his heart. West Bengal, Kalighat. C.1880. Transparent and metallic water-based pigments on paper. 17 ½” x 10 ½". Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection.“ 



“Only in pure consciousness, Krishna consciousness, can one perceive the transcendental form of the Lord. Let us be firmly fixed at the lotus feet of Lord Ramachandra, and let us offer our respectful obeisances unto those transcendental lotus feet.”~Srimad Bhagavatam 5.19.4 

Yantra tattooing, also called sak yant (Thai: สักยันต์, Khmer: សាក់យ័ន្ត), is a form of tattooing practiced in Southeast Asian countries including Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand.

Yantra tattoos are believed to be magic and bestow mystical powers, protection, or good luck.

In Cambodia, the tattoo is used for self-protection. Cambodians believe a yantra has magical powers that ward off evil and hardship. The tattoo is particularly popular amongst military personnel. The tattoo supposedly guarantees that the person cannot receive any physical harm as long as they observe certain rules.