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Mandala offering : base diameter 109 cm and height 209 cm silver made pure mercury gold plated. Mandala is a symbolic offering of the entire universe made by Buddhist practitioners. The offering is presented to past and present religious teachers, buddhas, and deities. A specific ritual object called a mandala plate is used for this offering, although anything flat and clean is also acceptable. Mandala plates are filled with rice, grains, or precious jewels and are arranged in multi-tiered levels. They are also commonly kept on a permanent shrine. Shrine mandalas are constructed from a flat metal mandala plate and then three or four rings of metal are placed above, often engraved, embossed, or repousse worked, and topped with a small replica of a heavenly palace or a dharma wheel.