The word, ‘Mani’ means ‘jewel’ and ‘Pura’ means ‘city’. It literally means, ‘The city of jewels’.
It is located at the navel.
This is the seat of will power and the center that brings initiative, courage, enthusiasm in life. This is also the place where selfrestraint, self-control and self-discipline come from. This is the source of samanan vayu whose function regulates digestion, assimilation and all activities of the stomach, small intestines, the pancreas, the liver, the spleen etc. It is anatomically related to the solar plexus and controls the digestive fire and heat regulation in the body. It is the center of dynamism, energy, will and achievement. Those whose consciousness is centered here are hungry for power.
- This chakra has 10 yellow petals. The petals produce the sounds Dam, Dham, Nam, Tam, Tham, Dam, Dham, Nam, Pam, Pham. For chakra activation these sounds are pronounced as Dang, Dhang, Nang, Tang, Thang, Dang, Dhang, Nang, Pang and Phang.
- The Bija sound is Ram or Rang. The vehicle of bija is the ram. This is the vehicle of the fire god. The ram depicts the nature of a third chakra person. It is strong, unruly and charges with the head. Maintains control over others through anger. Basic motivation is power.
- Presiding Deities are Rudra and Lakini.
- Plane – Svara Loka ( Heaven or celestial plane); Element- Fire; Planet -Sun
- Sense organs – Eyes and Legs
- Yantra- Inverted triangle. The triangle represents the fire element.
- Behavior- Between the ages 14 and 21 a person is ruled by this chakra. At this time the person develops his ego and his identity in this world. He strives for personal power and recognition even at the cost of family and friends.