Chakra pooja or Yantra pooja is the worship of a deity in a diagrammatic form.
This type of worship exists in a lot of the other parts of the world also.
The worship of Devi in Shreechakra is regarded as the highest form of the Devi
worship. Originally Lord Shiva gave 64 Chakras and their Mantras to the world,
to attain various spiritual and material benefits. For his consort Devi he gave
the Shreechakra and the highly coveted and the most powerful
Shodashakshari mantra, which is the equivalent of all the other 64 put
It is said that in the beginning God, who was one, wanted to become many and
enjoy himself. As the first step to creation he created Devi - the total cosmic
Female force. For the male part, out of his left he created Shiva, out of his
middle he created Brahma and out of his right he created Vishnu. That is why
many regard the Devi as more powerful than the Trinities and hence She is
called Parashakti or Paradevi - Para meaning beyond . Brahma created the
universe. Vishnu controls and runs the universe. Shiva along with Shakti is
engaged in the eternal dissolution and recreation of the universe. The Bindu in
the center of the Shreechakra is the symbolic representation of the cosmic
spiritual union of Shiva and Shakti. Apart from that the Shreechakra also
embodies countless number of deities and represents the whole of creation.
Hence by worshipping the Devi in Shreechakra one is actually worshipping the
highest ultimate force in the Tantrik form.
The Shodashakshari mantra is one of the most guarded secretes of tantra.
Usually the Guru gives it to a highly deserving and tested disciple. Very few get
it. Even in the Mantra Shastra, where all other mantras are openly and clearly
given, the Shodashakshari Mantra is not directly given. Several hints about the
mantra are given and you are asked to get the mantra if you are capable and
deserving. The opening versus of the mantra shastra chapter on Shreechakra
says, "Your head can be given, your soul can be given but the Shodashakshari
Mantra of the Devi can not be given".
Various books and websites on Shreechakra have published what the
publishers thought is the Shodashakshari Mantra. Let me make it clear that
those who know it will never publish it and those who publish it do not know it. I
cannot give it to my wife or child. So don’t waste your full moon nights chanting
those long mantras.
However, Shreechakra can also be worshipped by other Devi mantras. There
are several traditions of the worshipping the Shreechakra. We are giving here a
very simple and still very effective pooja of Shreechakra. It is known as the
Shreechakra Navavarana pooja as per the Khadgamala Vidhi. For all round
spiritual and material benefits it is a highly effective pooja. Any one can perform
The Basics of Sri Yantra: Before starting the worship it is advisable to know
about the way the Sri Yantra is constructed, what all it represents, about the 9
Avaranas, the deities, their gunas and significance, so that your worship is
more meaningful. The following are the authentic details as given in various
Tantra & Mantra scriptures.
Five downward pointing triangles representing Devi intersect with four upward
pointing triangles representing Siva, forming 43 triangles including the central
From the five Shakti triangles comes creation and from the four Shiva triangles
comes the dissolution. The union of five Shaktis and four Fires causes the
chakra of creation to evolve.
At the centre of the bindu of the Shri Yantra is Kamakala, which has three
bindus. One is red, one is white and one is mixed. The red bindu is Kurukulla
the Female form, the white bindu is Varahi the Male form, and the mixed bindu
is the union of Shiva & Shakti - the individual as the potential Shri Cakra.
Varahi, the father-form, gives four dhatus to the child and Kurukulla, the
mother-form, gives five dhatus to the child. Theses represent the nine dhatus of
the human body.
Varahi's four fires are the 12 (4 x 3) sun Kalas, the 12 Zodiac constellations.
Kurukulla's five triangles are the 15 (5 x 3) Kalas of the moon, 15 lunar Tithis.
These nine triangles also represent the nine stages of growth of the human
child in the womb.
Surrounding the 43 triangles formed by the intersection of the nine triangles is
the 16 petals circle. Surrounding the 16 petal circle is an 8 petal circle. After
that the 3 lines and at the outermost part of the Sriyantra there are 3 lines
called the Bhupura.
The 43 triangles constitute the six inner sections called Avaranas, the two
circles of petals are two more avaranas and the Bhupura of 3 lines is the last
These 9 Avaranas of the Sri Yantra have various presiding Devis. They are the
Devi's Parivar (retinue) of total 108. In the Srichakra pooja they are
systematically worshipped one by one with their names and mantras. The
presiding Deity of Srichakra, Devi, is Known as Lalita Tripura Sundari. The form
of Devi Kamakshi of Kancheepuram is the closest resemblance of the Devi as
described in the scriptures.
Lalita means The One Who Plays. All creation, manifestation and dissolution is
considered to be a play of Devi. Tri-Pura means the three worlds and Sundari
means beauty. She is the transcendent beauty of the three worlds. Tripura also
signifies:- She is the ruler of the the three gunas of Satva, Rajas and Tamas;
and sun, moon and fire - the zodiac and the planets, and therefore Time itself;
She is also "tripura" as Will (Iccha), Knowledge (Jnana) and Action (Kriya). She
is also "tripura" as intellect, feelings & physical sensation; and She is triple as
the three states of the soul - awakening, dreaming and -sleeping states. Her
five triangles also represent the Pancha Tatwas and the Pancha Bhootas. (This
is what the verse in Lalita Sahasranama means by -"Panchami pancha
bhuteshi pancha sankhyopacharini ". It is difficult to say what She is not.
Lalita holds five flowery arrows, noose, goad and bow. The noose represents
attachment, the goad represents repulsion, the sugarcane bow represents the
mind and the flowery arrows are the five sense objects.
The Nava Avaranas (Nine Corridors) of the Sri Yantra
Sri Chakra worship is one of the most guarded secrets of tantra and the Sri
Yantra is the most guarder Yantra.
Nairutaicha Ganeshanaam Sooryam Vayuvya eevacha
Eeshane Vishnu Agneye Shivamchaiva prapoojayet
The top left hand side corner of the Shreechakra is gaurded by Lord Ganesha.
The top right hand side corner is guarded by Lord Surya. The bottom right side
corner is guarded by Lord Vishnu and at the bottom left corner of the
Shreechakra is guarded by Lord Shiva.
After that the eight primordial directions are guarded by the eight Lokapalas.
Indra guards the East, Agni guards the South East, Yama guards the South,
Nirriti guards the South West, Varuna guards the West, Vayu guards the North
East, Soma guards the North and Ishana guards the North East.
As if this is not enough, each of the first eight Avaranas are guarded by eight
Bhairavas and eight Bhairavis! What is more these 64 pairs of Bhairavas &
Bhairavis are assisted by 10 million yoginis each - total 640 million (64 crores).
This is what the verse in Lalita Sahasranama says --"Maha chatu-shshashtikoti
yogini ganasevita .."
Yes. Reaching Her is a bit difficult!
The nine avaranas as per Mantra Mahodadhi
The First Avarana - 3 lines
The 3 lines of the 1st Avarana & the
position of the various deities
The outermost 3 lines known as Bhupura
form the first Avarana of the Sri Yantra. This
is known as the Trilokya Mohana Chakra and
the worshiper knowing its inner secrets can
mesmerise the 3 worlds. It is ruled by a
Yogini Devi called Prakata Yogini. The Deity
of this is Tripura. The beeja of this Avarana is
Am Aam Sauh. The gem is topaz. The time is
24 minutes (360 breaths).The mudra to be
shown is Kshobha Mudra.
The nine avaranas as per Mantra MahodadhiThe First Avarana - 3 linesThe 3 lines of the 1st Avarana & theposition of the various deitiesThe outermost 3 lines known as Bhupuraform the first Avarana of the Sri Yantra. Thisis known as the Trilokya Mohana Chakra andthe worshiper knowing its inner secrets canmesmerise the 3 worlds. It is ruled by aYogini Devi called Prakata Yogini. The Deityof this is Tripura. The beeja of this Avarana isAm Aam Sauh. The gem is topaz. The time is24 minutes (360 breaths).The mudra to beshown is Kshobha Mudra.The 1st line: The Outer line (of the 3 lines) has 10 Devis known as SiddhiDevis. Their luster is like that of molten gold, they hold the goad in their righthands and the noose in their left hands. They are very auspicious and bestowheaps of gems and jewels to the worshiper. They are placed as shown in theabove picture. They are:O1-Anima SidhyambaO2-Laghima SidhyambaO3-Mahima SidhyambaO4-Ishvita SidhyambaO5-Vasitva SidhyambaO6-Prakamya SidhyambaO7-Bhukti SidhyambaO8-Ichha SidhyambaO9Prapti Sidhyamba10-Sarvakama SidhyambaThe 2nd line: The 2nd or Middle line has eight Matruka Devis. They arebedecked in all ornaments. They hold in their hands Vidya (book), Trident,Shakti, Chakra (Discus), Club, Thunderbolt, Baton & Lotus. They bestow to theworshiper everything desired.M1-Shree Brahmi MatrukaM2-Shree Maheswari MatrukaM3-Shree Koumari MatrukaM4-Shree Vishnavi MatrukaM5-Shree Varahi MatrukaM6-Shree Mahendri MatrukaM7-Shree Chamunda MatrukaM8-Shree Mahalakshmi MatrukaThe 3rd line: The innermost third line has 10 Mudra Shaktis. They are of redhue and rule the various mudras and bestow spiritual boons to the worshiper.1-Sarvasankshobhini Devi2-Sarvavidravini Devi3-Sarvakarshini Devi4-Sarvavashankari Devi5-Sarvonmadini Devi6-Sarvamahankusha Devi7-Sarvakhechari Devi8-Sarvabeeja Devi9-Sarvayoni Devi10-Sarvatrikhanda DeviThe 2nd Avarana: is the 16 petals circle known as Sarvaash ParipoorakaChakra meaning the fulfiller of all desires.The presiding form of Lalita in this Avarana is Tripureshi. She is ornamentedwith all gems, carries a book and a rosary. The Yogini residing here is calledGupta Yogini. The 16 Devis of this Avarana are called the Nitya Kalas, alsoNitya Devis, also Akarshana Devis and also Gupta Yoginis. They are of redhue and each holds a noose, a goad, pot of nectar and make the sign of givingboons. They rule the 16 Sanskrit vowels from a to ah. By worshiping them onegets power over mind, ego, sound, touch, sight, taste, smell, intellect,steadiness, memory, name, growth, etheric body, rejuvenation, and physicalbody.The 16 Yoginis represent the 16 vowels of Sanskrit language, and areworshipped with the 16 vowels as their beeja mantras.The gem of this Avarana is sapphire. The dhatu is chyle (the first product of thedisintegration of food by the biological fires). The time is three hours (2700breaths). The beeja mantra is Aim Klim Sauh.The Mudra of this Avarana is the Dravini Mudra.The 16 Devis in sequence are:# Devi's name1. Kamakarshini shakti2. Budhyakarshini shakti3. Ahankarakarshini shakti4. Shabdakarshini shakti5. Sparshakarshini shakti6. Rupakarshini shakti7. Rasakarshini shakti8. Gandhakarshini shakti9. Chittakarshini shakti10. Dhyryakarshini shakti11. Smrutyakarshini shakti12. Namakarshini shakti13. Beejakarshini shakti14. Atmakarshini shakti15. Amrutakarshini shakti16. Sharirakarshini shaktiThe 3rd Avarana: is the 8 petal circle known as Sarva Sankshobhana Chakra.The preciding form of Lalita in this Avarana is Tripura Sundari. The Yogini isGuptatara Yogini. She is swaying in a love intoxicated state, with her eyes fullof bliss. She smiles with passion and shows the mudras dispelling fears andgranting boons.The eight Devis in each of the eight petals have the colour of Bandhukaflowers. They are holding noose, goad, blue lotus and are dispelling fear. Theyrepresent Speech, Holding, Walking, Excreting, Pleasure, Abandoning,Concentration and Detachment. They have the eight Ka class letters as theirbeejas.The beeja mantra of this Avarana is Hrim Klim Sauh. The gem is cat's eye.The dhatu is Flesh. The time is day and night (21600 breaths).The mudra of this Avarana is Aakarshana Mudra.The 8 Devis in sequence are:# Devi's name1. Ananga Kusuma shakti2. Ananga Mekhala shakti3. Ananga Madana shakti4. Ananga Madanatura shakti5. Ananga Rekha shakti6. Ananga Vegini shakti7. Anangankusha shakti8. Ananga Malini shaktiThe 4th Avarana: This Avarana of 14 triangles (Outer blue triangles in picture)represents the 14 worlds and the 14 main Nadis in the human body. It is calledSarva Soubhagya Dayak Chakra. The presiding form of the devi is TripuraVasini. She is red and very beautiful. Fourteen Devis of the triangles aredescribed as being proud, wanton, young, colour of cochineal, ornamented withgems, holding noose, goad, mirror, wine cup full of nectar. They are calledSampradaya Yoginis.The beeja mantra of this Avarana isHaim Hklim Hsauh.The gem is coral. The dhatu is blood. The time is weekday.The mudra of this Avarana is Vasya Mudra.The 14 Devis are# Devi's Name1.Sarvasmkshobhini devi2.Sarvavidravini devi3.Sarvakarshini devi4.Sarvaahladini devi5.Sarvasammohini devi6.Sarvasthambhini devi7.Sarvajrumbhini devi8.Sarvavashankari devi9.Sarvaranjani devi10.Sarvonmadini devi11.Sarvarthasadhika devi12.Sarvasampattipurani devi13.Sarvamantramayi devi14.Sarvadwandwakshayankari devi
he Devi is worshipped in many forms and names - Lalita, Katyayani,
Kameswari, Kamakshi, Durga, Chandi, Kali, and Amba etc. The closest
matching form of the Shodashakshari Devi as described in the scriptures is that
off Goddess Kamakshi of Kanchi. You will find it here.
The Anganyasas and Karanyasa beejas are the purification ritual before the
pooja. The basic Anganyasa & Karanyasa are given for the benefit of those
who are conversant with this ritual. If you do not know you can omit it.
If you are conversant with the other pooja rituals like Aachamanam, Bhuta
Suddhi, Dehasuddhi, Shankha pooja, Kalasha pooja etc., you can perform
them before the actual pooja. If you do not know simply offer a prayer to Lord
Ganesha and do the pooja. At the end of the pooja offer the following prayer.
"Avahanam najanami, najanami visarjanam,
poojamchaiva najanamani kshamaswa Maheswari.
Yatkrutam yatkarishyami tathsarvam twamarpanam,
poojam poorna phalam kuru".
Roughly translated it means - "I am not conversant with the Aavahana,
visarjana etc.. pooja rituals and hence forgive me. Whatever I have done and I
am doing, I am offering to you. Give me full results".
This pooja, along with the four other poojas that must be performed before that,
will take about 45 minutes time but it is more effective than any other pooja
both materially and spiritually.
On the top left hand side corner of the Shreechakra resides Lord Ganesha. On
the top right hand side corner resides Lord Surya. On the bottom right side
corner resides Lord Vishnu and at the bottom left corner of the Shreechakra
resides Lord Shiva. They guard the Sri Chakra. Hence, before performing the
Shreechakra pooja you must perform a brief pooja of the above four deities.
These poojas are given in the Pancha Pooja section in this site.
The Sri Chakra Pooja
Aim Angushtabhyam namah
Hreem Tarjaneebhyam namah
Shreem Madhyamabhyam namah
Aim Anamikabhyam namah
Kleem Kanishtikabhyam namah
Souh Karatalakara prushtabhyam namah
Aim Hrudayaya namah
Three Salutations to Devi
Om aim hreem shreem aim kleem souh Kriyashakti pithayai Shripadukam
Om aim hreem shreem aim kleem souh Gyanashakti kundalinyai
Shripadukam poojayami namah
Om aim hreem shreem aim kleem souh Ichhashakti shri
mahatripurasundaryai Shripadukam poojayami namah
Nityayajanam (pooja of nitya devies)
Om aim hreem shreem aim kleem souh - these bijas must be added
before each of the names from now onwards. After the name add the beejas
Shripadukam poojayami namah
Kameswari nityamba - Shripadukampoojayaminamah
Parameswara parameswari devi
Prathama Avarana pooja
(The 3 outer lines)
The position of the Devis on the 3 lines is indicated by numbers
The First line
The second line
M1-Shree Brahmi Matruka
M2-Shree Maheswari Matruka
M3-Shree Koumari Matruka
M4-Shree Vishnavi Matruka
M5-Shree Varahi Matruka
M6-Shree Mahendri Matruka
M7-Shree Chamunda Matruka
M8-Shree Mahalakshmi Matruka
The third line
1. Kamakarshini shakti
2. Budhyakarshini shakti
3. Ahankarakarshini shakti
4. Shabdakarshini shakti
5. Sparshakarshini shakti
6. Rupakarshini shakti
7. Rasakarshini shakti
8. Gandhakarshini shakti
9. Chittakarshini shakti
10. Dhyryakarshini shakti
11. Smrutyakarshini shakti
12. Namakarshini shakti
13. Beejakarshini shakti
14. Atmakarshini shakti
15. Amrutakarshini shakti
16. Sharirakarshini shakti
Sarvasha paripuraka chakraswamini
1. Ananga Kusuma shakti
2. Ananga Mekhala shakti
3. Ananga Madana shakti
4. Ananga Madanatura shakti
5. Ananga Rekha shakti
6. Ananga Vegini shakti
7. Anangankusha shakti
8. Ananga Malini shakti
The Panchama Avarana
1.Sarva Siddhiprada devi
Sarvartha Sadhaka Chakraswamini
The Shastha Avarana
Shri Shri Mahabhattarika
Tripura devi namah ............. Dhyayami
Tripureshi devi namah ............ Avahayami
Tripurasundari devi namah ........ Asanam samarpayami
Tripurasidha devi namah ........ Snanam samarpayami
Tripuramba devi namah ......... Vastram samarpayami
Mahatripurasundari devi namah .... Abharanam samarpayami
Mahamaheswari devi namah .... Gandham dharayami
Mahamaharagyi devi namah .... Pushpani pujayami
Shrimatsimhasanaiswaryai namah .. Padou poojayami
Lalitayai namah .. Gulphou poojayami
Maharagyi namah .. Janghou poojayami
Paramkushayai namah .. Januni poojayami
Chapinyai namah .. Urum poojayami
Tripurayai namah .. Katim poojayami
Maha Tripura Sundaryai namah .. Nabhim poojayami
Sundaryai namah .. Vasitrayam poojayami
Chakranathaya namah .. Udaram poojayami
Samragyai namah .. Hrudayam poojayami
Chakrinyai namah .. Kantham poojayami
Chakreswaryai namah .. Oshtam poojayami
Mahadevyai namah .. Kapolam poojayami
Kameswaryai namah .. Dantapanktim poojayami
Parameswaryai namah .. Chubukam poojayami
Kamarajapriyayai namah .. Nasikadwayam poojayami
Kamakotikayai namah .. Bhroomadhyam poojayami
Chakravartinyai namah .. Netradwayam poojayami
Mahavidyayai namah .. Shrotradwayam poojayami
Shivanganavallabhayai namah .. Phalam poojayami
Sarvapatalayai namah .. Mukham poojayami
Kulanathayai namah .. Parswam poojayami
Amnayanathayai namah .. Shiram poojayami
Sarvamnayanivasinyai namah .. Padukam poojayami
Mahashrungaranayikayai namah .. Sarvangani poojayami
Mamahashakti devi namah .. Dhoopam aghrapayami
Mahamahagupta devi namah .. Deepam Darshayami
Mahagyapta devi namah .. Nivedyam samarpayami
Mahamahananda devi namah .. Tambulam samarpayami
Mahamahaskanda devi namah .. Neerajanam samarpayami
Mahamahashaya devi namah .. Mantrapushpam samarpayami
Mahamaha shreechakra nagara samragyidevi namah .. Pradikshana