Chakra symbols are visual representations of the chakras. These symbols do not actually represent how the chakras look like when they are seen as energy. The chakra symbols are merely pictograms which interpret the aspects and symbolic connections of specific chakras. Most often the chakra symbols are presented by a central geometrical symbol, surrounded by a multi-petaled mandala or lotus flower. Sometimes they also contain a syllable of the seed mantra of the specific chakra. More complex representations can include drawings or paintings of deities originating from Hindu tradition.