ORIGIN OF THE WORD MANDALA मण्डल
“Mandala” is a Sanskrit word which is difficult to translate literally. It conveys a notion mixing circle, sphere and environmental concepts.
This word may have originated from many common words used in Indo-European languages: In French and English “mental”, the English “meddle”, the French “monde” (“world”), etc…
In modern Khmer, this term is compounded with other words to express the idea of both the centre (geometry, gravity, etc.) and polarity.