Manipura (Sanskrit: mani - "gem", "jewel", pura - "city") means "the city of jewels", or "that which has the nature of radiance".


Located in the navel area, it has a ten-petalled lotus, decorated with the letters ḍaṁ, ḍhaṁ, ṇaṁ, taṁ, thaṁ, daṁ, dhaṁ, naṁ, paṁ, phaṁ. There are Yogi Santoshnath Vishnuji and Lakshmi-shakti in manipura. Sometimes manipura is called "nabhi-chakra" (navel chakra).


Siddha-siddhanta paddhati (part 2) describes manipulator as following:

In its center one should meditate on Kundalini-shakti, fivefolded in a ring, like a snake, and shining like ten million rising suns. It is madhyama-sakti, which gives perfection.

Madhyama-kundalini is in the center of the body (in nabhi). Prana and apana, uniting together, kindle the fire of Madhyama-kundalini, which sustains the body and consciousness (chetana-shakti). Here is samana-vayu, which balances prana and apana, this allows prana to enter sushumna and activate the process of Kundalini arise.

Pashyanti sound is realized in manipura - the first manifestation of consciousness in the form of Omkara. According to some texts, in nabha area there is kanda - center of all channels (nadis) deviating from kanda to all parts of the body. Therefore, when meditating on kanda, the whole body is cognized:

3. 29. [By sanyama], on the naval chakra [appears] the knowledge of the body structure.

Maharishi Patanjali. Yoga-sutras

Manipura is the chakra responsible for power, will (individual, not spiritual, as in case of ajna), self-confidence, the ability to organize and control people.

Viveka-martandha describes meditation on this chakra:

Yogin, meditating on Atman in a manipura that shines like the rising sun, fixes a sight on the tip of the nose, acquires the ability to influence the whole world.