Manipura Chakra




Manipura Chakra, the 'belly center' correspnds to the epigastric plexus, at the level of the navel. It is a ten-petals Lotus of heavey-laden rain-clouds corresponding to the letters dâ, dhâ, na, ta, tha, da, dha, na, pa, pha. Its center is red, its sign is a triangle with crooked crosses on its tips, symbol of fire, tattva, corresponding to this chakra.

The associated mantra is RAM. It is in relation with:

  1. The expensive force of the physical matter, as well as téjas as calorific force
  2. The tanmatra of the shape, the organ of perception of the eyes with sight, and of action, anus with excretion.
  3. The non-breathing
  4. The fleshy parts.

Manipura literally means "the jewel citadel". It is conceived as a red region of the flame in which resides the old three-eyes Rudra, equivalent of Shiva, as devouring and annihilating manifestation of the cosmic power. The god is covered by ashes of what the flame has devoured, while being represented in Vara mudra and in Abhaya Mudra, or the double gesture that destroys fear and grants favors. The goddess is Lakini, its Shakti, turquoise blue, with three heads, three eyes and four arms, a lightning and a sword in the hands.

The vehicle of the RAM Bija is the Vahni ram.

These representations indicate that the yogic process in this chakra leads to an "ignification". What was in the previous chakra was still "amiotic" force of desire and it is here consumed and transformed in a flaming substance that shines and penetrates all things.

The emotional correspondences are: anger, fear, stupefaction, violence, vanity. This chakra is also linked to hunger in ordinary people.


  • Sat-Cakra-Nirupana [EN] translated by John Woodroffe (alias Arthur Avalon)