We find the word in the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. It means "circle" in a loose translation. It also can mean wholeness...and is a pattern designed to show the relationship with the infinite. It is a geometric pattern. In one you can see the different shapes and yet see a unity among them.
The Mandala is used by some religions in meditations. It is an intricate pattern and a most beautiful sight. Here are some free, printable pictures you can print out and color.
This first link will take you to a lot of coloring pages. You can print out one or all of them. You can even look at the patterns and try to make one of your own!
If you are not quite sure about exactly what a Mandala is, think about the patterns you have seen in a kaleidoscope!
Many people find it theraputic and relaxing to look at, meditate upon or color a mandala. Do you feel very relaxed when you look at them? They do have some very interesting patterns to study and think about.
Here's a link to a French website to get more pictures. (Mandalas Pour Les Grands) Some of these are very intricate designs that you will really enjoy and be challenged by!
Whether you find comfort in the Mandala or just enjoy a challenging picture to color in, I think you will find just the right one here. There are certainly enough choices. Snowflakes, kaleidoscopes, geometric patterns are all beautiful syles of the Mandala. Get just the right pages to fill in.