The third chakra located between the sternum bone, and the navel called as Manipura, Mani means brilliant and pura means house.
Manipura is a Sanskrit word mani means 'jewel or brilliant' and pura means “city or house.” It literally means “city of jewels or brilliant-house.” Tibetan has named this chakra as Manipadma means “jeweled lotus.”
Manipura chakra is an important energy center for the awakening of kundalini is concerned. It is the center of dynamism, energy, will and achievement. Often experts compare this chakra to the sun’s heat and power. There is no life on earth without sun; it provides energy to this planet. Similarly, Manipura chakra provides pranic energy to the human body. It works as an energy transformer provides energy absorbed through the food.
Manipura chakra has another name called celiac or Solar Plexus. It has dense nerve cell cluster and supporting tissue, present behind the stomach in the celiac-artery region just below the diaphragm. It is rich in ganglia and interconnected neurons, and is the largest autonomic nerve center. Chinese Taoist considers Solar Plexus as the abdominal brain. You feel anger, distress, hate, sorrow, and other emotions arise when the organ has a disturbed or dysfunctional and later surface as physiological reactions. Similarly, negative emotion such as anger, sorrow, etc. can affect the internal organs. Therefore, if the internal organs are healthy, your feeling will be peaceful; you cannot get it by thoughts. When the solar Plexus is in good-health, organs can immediately recover from stress and tension and resume proper functioning. When it is unbalanced, you may develop insomnia, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, ulcer, gastritis, constipation, diarrhea, mal-absorption, impotence, etc.
Solar Plexus chakra is a cosmic door providing entry for astral powers. It is the HARA center; a power center provides balance, stability, strength and activity. In martial arts, it is considering as the center of Chi (the life force). It is the center of the lower mind; objective and material influenced by the emotions. It can provide happiness and destroys sorrow or disease.
Location for Manipura chakra is in-between the sternum bone and the navel (Solar Plexus). Here we have a connection via umbilical cord with this material world during birth.
Manipura chakra symbol is a lotus flower with ten petals. The Yantra of this chakra is an inverted fiery red triangle with the seed mantra RAM. The animal serves as the vehicle of Manipura chakra is ram.
Manipura chakra symbol explanation
- The chakra’s color is yellow representing intellectual thinking; this is the meaning of the chakra.
- Manipura chakra has ten petals represents the ten major nadis. They play dual role one on the physical level and other at the psychic/spiritual level. Each petal has the Sanskrit letter; dda (डं), ddha (ढं), nna (णं), ta (तं), tha (थं), da (दं), dha (धं), na (नं), pa (पं), and pha (फ़ं). The Vrittis means Whirlpool; it is debited on the petals are spiritual ignorance, thirst, jealousy, treachery, shame, fear, disgust, delusion, foolishness and sadness.
- An inverted fiery red triangle with a blazing sun is at the center. The downward pointed tip of the triangle indicates the origin. The upward widening of the triangle sides indicates growth and development. Additionally, it indicates the flame widen when rises upwards. The center of the inverted triangle has the seed mantra RAM.
- The animal vehicle of this chakra is a ram, symbolizing assertiveness and energy.
- The swastika around the inverted red triangle is a symbol of well-being, luck, good fortunes, microcosmic sun, and cycle of life. It believes to have the power to remove misfortune and negative forces.
Color of the chakra is yellow to gold; yellow-color indicates positive magnetic vibration and act as nerve tonic. It also influences the higher mind & soul, inspiring & stimulating. Golden yellow is the color of intellect.
Manipura chakra deals with energy, vitality, desire, power, sense-of-belonging, mental understanding of emotions, and will. Manipura chakra governs middle spine, upper abdomen, gallbladder, liver, spleen, small intestines and stomach.
Bija or Seed Mantra is (रं) “RAM,” pronounce as RANG. ‘R’ sound produces with the tongue tip curling up to touch the mouth roof. The sound originates from the navel when repeated in a proper manner RAANNNGGGG.
Sense of this chakra is the sight, and Sensory-organ is the eye. Element for this chakra is fire relates to digestion accomplish through heat. Heat burns the food to create vital energy. Plexus for this chakra is Solar Plexus; the dense cluster of nerve cells and supporting tissue, located behind the stomach in the region of the celiac artery just below the diaphragm. The Verb associated with the third chakra is “I do” or "I can." Musical note for this chakra is "E."
The Endocrine gland for the Manipura chakra is the pancreas. It is important to digest food and extract energy. The pancreas secretes the hormone insulin, which regulates the level of blood-glucose level and carbohydrate metabolism. Fat and protein balance is maintaining by pancreatic enzymes.
Balanced Manipura chakra can provide physical energy, good digestion, and vitality. The functions of the digestion, assimilation and metabolism all work together in a harmony. Emotionally trust their instincts, self-esteem, confident, independence, intelligent, decisive, productive, mental focus, and identity.
Unbalanced Manipura chakra may have digestion-related problems such as gas pains, irritable bowel, constipation, intestinal tumors, colon diseases, diarrhea, hernias, stomach ulcers, food allergies, liver problems, hepatitis, anorexia, bulimia, gallstones, diabetes, pancreatitis, muscle cramps, spasm, and difficulty breathing. Other physical symptoms are high cholesterol, skin disorders, chronic tiredness, cramps, knee pains, arthritis, sciatica, and low back pain. Psychological and Emotional problems are lacked of self-esteem, dependency, arrogance, anxiety, timid, depression, fear of rejection, lack of confidence, inability to take decisions self-condemnation, aggression and hostility.
Nourishing foods for Manipura chakra are mostly yellow colored; they are grains, cereals, flex seed, sunflower seeds, ginger, turmeric, cumin, fennel, mints (peppermint, spearmint, etc.), banana, pineapple, and lemon. The Dairy foods are milk, butter, cheeses, ghee, and yogurt.
Yoga for this chakra: Heat building poses like Suryanamaskar, Virabhadrasana, Dhanurasana, Ardha Matsyendhrasana, and Navasana.
Mudra for Manipura chakra is Matangi Mudra: Join hands in front of the Solar Plexus (stomach area), raise both middle fingers and Support them into each other. Interleaving the fingers, in case of women cross the left thumb on the right thumb, and vice versa in men. Observe breathing in the stomach region. This mudra benefits the heart, stomach, liver, duodenum, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas and kidneys. It is a good choice for recuperation (recover from sickness or exhaustion), gathering energy, harmony and becoming perfectly centered. This Mudra brings inner harmony and self-confidence. It calms the mind and center.
Bandha for this chakra is uddiyana bandha; this is otherwise called as an abdominal lock. Sit in a meditation pose, close eyes, place palms on the knees, relax your body, exhale completely, and keep the breath out. Now pull your abdominal muscles (sucking action of the muscle) inward and upward as you can. Hold this lock for as long as you can retain the breath outside. Slowly relax your abdominal muscles and inhale. When your respiration normalizes, you can repeat the bandha up to ten times. This will stimulate and harmonizes the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, stomach, small intestine and large intestine.
Reflexology for Manipura chakra: if you are feeling anxious, fear, anger, or sorrow, which indicates some imbalance in the solar Plexus. You can re-balance it by stimulating certain point. Solar Plexus reflex point in the foot is in the center, just at the dent below the big and the first little toes. Massage this point by gently kneading with your thumbs for about 30-seconds (slow count up to 30). Solar Plexus reflexology point in the hand is in the palm center at the dent. Stimulate this reflex point by kneading with your other hand thumb for about 30 seconds. This technique has a grounding effect and encourages stability and calm. This is useful when you feel nervous such as just before an exam, interview, or official meeting.
Gemstones for this chakra are Citrine, Yellow Jasper, Tiger's Eye, Golden/yellow Calcite, Amber, and Sunstone.
Essential Oils for this chakra are peppermint, cinnamon, sage and ginger.