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Chakra Sounds: A Comprehensive Guide

Chakra sounds include spoken, sung and played vibrations. These vary based on the central role of each chakra for health, emotional balance and spiritual development. This article will help you to learn and experience the sounds associated with the seven major chakras.

This comprehensive guide includes a chakra meditation video and free downloadable chart of chakra sounds. Use this information and these resources to balance and strengthen your chakras through sound! 

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CHAKRA SOUNDS TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction to Chakra Sounds

Each of the seven major chakras are affected by particular sounds, tones, mantras and musical instruments. The practice of chanting as well as listening to certain types of sounds and music can be used to heal and strengthen the chakras. 

Each chakra has its own vibration. In the Vedic tradition, there are “seed syllables” connected to the vibration of each chakra. These are single syllables that strengthen the energy of the respective chakras. There are also musical instruments associated with each chakra. 

CHAKRA MEDITATION VIDEO

The video below can be used as a sound bath or a musical meditation. This video includes the seed syllables that activate each chakra along with the instrument for that chakra. Learn more about the seed or bija syllables below.

Chant along with each verse or relax and use the music as a sound healing experience. Includes a colorful, inspiring visual trip through galaxies and the universe! Time codes are also given below if you would like to focus on a particular chakra.

Root Chakra: Seed Syllable LAM, Drums, 0:00-1:40
Sacral Chakra: Seed Syllable VAM, Flute & Woodwinds, 1:41-3:05
Solar Plexus: Seed Syllable RAM, Harmonium & Organ, 3:06-4:33
Heart Chakra: Seed Syllable YAM, Violin & Strings, 4:34-6:00
Throat Chakra: Seed Syllable HAM, Horns, 6:00-7:25
Third Eye Chakra: Seed Syllable OM, Piano, 7:26-8:53
Crown Chakra: Seed Syllable AH, Conch Shell, 8:54-10:20

"This is wonderful! It’s such a healing mantra for me and I feel like my whole body has been reset. The sound is so clear!"

Chakra Sounds and Bija Seed Syllables

Each of the seed syllables for the chakras can be used independently or combined in mantras. The seed syllables for the seven main chakras are as follows: LAM (root chakra), VAM (sacral chakra), RAM (solar plexus chakra), YAM (heart chakra), HAM (throat chakra), OM (third eye chakra) and OM, AH or ANG (crown chakra). Chakra sounds connect to the basic role of each chakra.

Many mantras begin with OM, a sound said to represent the hum of the universe and to focus the mind. Mantras often end with “Svaha” (similar to “Amen” and indicating a fire offering or with “Namaha” meaning “I acknowledge, I honor or I bow.” Recordings for the mantras for each chakra seed syllable are linked below and available in the article Chakra Mantras.

Chakra Sounds Bija Seed Syllables
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Root Chakra Bija Sound: LAM

The root chakra is at the base of the spine. The name for in Sanskrit is Muladhara. This is the chakra of safety and security. “Mula” means “root” and “adhara” means “base or support.”

In the Hindu tradition, the base chakra is depicted as a lotus flower with four petals. The four petals of the base chakra are generally viewed as mind, intellect, consciousness and ego.

Learn more about the root chakra in the article Root Chakra Meaning. Listen to the root chakra mantra “OM LAM Namaha” in the article Chakra Mantras.

Sacral Chakra Bija Sound: VAM

The second or sacral chakra is known as Svadhisthana. This chakra is defined as the seat of the self and the relationship of the self with others. The organs associated with the sacral chakra are the reproductive organs, the kidneys and the bladder.

The sacral chakra is said to house the unconscious. This is sometimes symbolized as the ocean. The sacral chakra is also the seat of creation, called the seat of the soul.

More details about the sacral chakra can be found at Sacral Chakra Meaning. Listen to the sacral chakra mantra “OM VAM Namaha” in the article Chakra Mantras.

Solar Plexus Chakra Bija Sound: RAM

The third chakra or solar plexus chakra is known as Manipura.  The name translates as the “city of jewels.” “Mani” means “gem” while “pura” means “city.”

When purified, this is the chakra of inner peace. The solar plexus chakra is located at the naval, center of intuition (a gut feeling). The solar plexus chakra is connected to both service and desires.

Find out more about the solar plexus chakra in Solar Plexus Chakra Meaning. Listen to the sacral chakra mantra “OM RAM Namaha” in the article Chakra Mantras.

Heart Chakra Bija Sound: YAM

The fourth chakra is the heart chakra or the Anahata chakra. In Sanskrit, “Anahata” means “unhurt, unstruck, unbeaten.” At the same time, Anahata means “pure” or “clean.”

The physical organs associated with the heart chakra are the heart itself, the circulatory system and the lungs. As the seat of love and devotion, the heart expresses charity, compassion, and kindness. The heart is also a focus for beauty and culture.

Learn more about the heart chakra in the article Heart Chakra Meaning. Listen to the sacral chakra mantra “OM YAM Namaha” in the article Chakra Mantras.

Throat Chakra Bija Sound: HAM

The fifth chakra is the throat chakra or the Vishuddha chakra. In Sanskrit, Vishuddha means “especially pure.” The throat chakra is depicted as having sixteen petals.

In the center is a triangle pointing downward and a white circle representing akashi or ether. The throat chakra is connected to creativity and self-expression as well as the actions of speaking and chanting.

Learn more in Throat Chakra Meaning. Listen to the sacral chakra mantra “OM HAM Namaha” in the article Chakra Mantras.

Third Eye Chakra Bija Sound: OM

The sixth chakra is the third eye, the seat of spiritual vision. The Sanskrit term for this chakra is Ajna, which means “command” or “perceive.”

The pineal gland or third eye is associated with this chakra. The third eye, usually associated with clairvoyant abilities, can be developed with yoga, meditation and the practice of chanting.

Explore this topic further in Third Eye Chakra Meaning. Listen to the sacral chakra mantra “OM Namaha” in the article Chakra Mantras.

Crown Chakra Bija Sound: AH, ANG or AUM

The seventh chakra is the crown chakra, the seat of enlightenment, known in Sanskrit as the Sahasrara chakra. Sahasrara means “thousand-petaled.”

According to Eastern traditions, the crown chakra is related to god-consciousness (samadhi) and the transforming powers of the divine. On the physical level, the crown is related to the nervous system and the brain. There is also a connection to the pineal and pituitary glands (similar to the third eye) and to the hypothalamus.

Discover more connections in Crown Chakra Meaning. Listen to the sacral chakra mantra “OM AH Namaha” in the article Chakra Mantras.

Chakra Sounds and Sacred Toning

Toning sounds for the chakras include chakra pitch syllables (note names), chakra vowel sounds and the chakra bjia seed syllables discussed above. The Eastern system that gives a name to each musical pitch is called sargam. This system was invented thousands of years ago and assigns syllables to each note in the musical scale.

Chakra Sounds, Sacred Toning and Singing

EASTERN SARGAM SYSTEM

In the sargam system, these syllables are SA, RE, GA, MA, PA, DHA, NI and back to SA. These chakra sounds go from the root to the crown: SA (root chakra), RE (sacral chakra), GA (solar plexus chakra), MA (heart chakra), PA (throat chakra), DHA (third eye chakra) and NI (crown chakra). Each of these sounds conveys a particular energy and can be used as toning sounds for the chakras.

WESTERN SOLFEGGIO SYSTEM

The Western system is familiar as DO, RE, MI, FA, SO, LA, TI, DO. Again, the sounds are assigned to each chakra: DO (root chakra), RE (sacral chakra), MI (solar plexus chakra), FA (heart chakra), SO (throat chakra), LA (third eye chakra) and TI (crown chakra). The Western system is called solemnization or the solfeggio (solfege) system. Learn more about the origin of these systems in Chakras and Musical Notes.

Chakra Sounds and Sacred Toning

HOW TONING IS DONE

Toning is done by simply sounding one of the given syllables. Hold the tone for a single breath without strain. If you have an instrument to accompany you, drone on a single note during the exercise. If you have a keyboard, most people are comfortable starting on the A below middle C. You can use the same note for each of the chakra sounds (either the Eastern or Western system).

If you prefer, you can gradually move up through the scale. You may be able to concentrate more fully staying on a single tone. On the other hand, moving up the scale may be more interesting and thus encourage you to extend the time that you spend in chakra sounds practice.

LOWER AND HIGHER PITCHES

If you are a man, you may want to start a step or two lower in pitch. Likewise, a woman may want to sing in slightly higher pitches. The emphasis is to stay within the note rather than trying to sing over a musical instrument. Keep the instrument volume low to provide a foundation that supports but doesn’t compete with your voice.

Toning is like a warm up for the chakras. This practice can be a stand-alone exercise or as a precursor to singing in a more melodic way. If you have the opportunity to practice sacred toning in a group, participants may want to sing on pitches that harmonize with each other. 

Saraswati Goddess One Word Mantra

Chakras Sounds and Musical Instruments

There are musical instruments that produce sounds useful for balancing each chakra. Sound healing with musical instruments goes back to ancient history. The Greeks are believed to have used music to cure mental disorders. The Egyptians had acoustic chambers that are still being explored for the power of their sonic resonances.

Though recommendations differ in various systems, there are some general categories of instruments that correspond to each chakra. For a complete description of this topic, read Chakras and Musical Instruments.

Root Chakra Instrument: DRUMS

The musical instrument associated with the root chakra is the drum. The drum establishes the foundation and rhythm for a musical creation just as the root chakra creates the base for all of the other chakras. Percussion instruments are believed to be the oldest instruments on earth. The beating of a drum is a universal practice to bring a group literally into the same rhythm. The four petals of the root chakra correspond to the 4/4 rhythm (four beats per measure of music). 

Sacral Chakra Instrument: WOODWINDS

The sacral chakra is connected to wind instruments (flutes, clarinets, bassoon, bagpipes). Woodwind instruments were originally made of wood, though many are now made of plastic, metal or a combination of both. Many woodwind instruments use a mouthpiece with a reed. This is a thin piece of wood that vibrates. The sound is then amplified by the instrument.

Solar Plexus Instruments: ORGAN, HARMONIUM

The solar plexus is most affected by organ music and similar instruments such as the harmonium (also known as a hand organ). The harmonium has become a central instrument used for mantras and kirtan music. Learn more about the practice of Kirtan Music. The harmonium is believed to have been invented in the late 1700s in Copenhagen. The instrument was originally used by Christian missionaries in Europe and in the Americas who either could not afford or could not transport larger organs. Harmoniums were brought to India about a century later in the late 1800s. Larger organs have been used in Western sacred music the 3rd century BC.

Heart Chakra Instruments: VIOLIN, STRINGS

The heart chakra is often associated with the string instruments (violin, cello). The string instruments are capable of imitating the human voice or even extending the human voice. As the seat of love, the heart chakra is highly expressive, as are these instruments. The importance of this connection is indicated is the idiom “playing on the heart strings.” The earliest known string instrument is the lyre, dating back to 4,500 years ago. This was a folk instrument in central Asia. Many string instruments consist of a body or gourd shape with a long neck, multiple strings and a bow. Learn more in Chakras and Musical Instruments.

Throat Chakra Instruments: HORNS

The throat chakra is strengthened by horn instruments. These instruments can be loud and piercing, often used for announcing messages: time to get up, we have arrived, the event is beginning and so forth. Horns are connected symbolically to speech and communication through the throat. Horns send a clear tone that is usually adjusted by the breath and mouth position. Find out more in Solar Plexus Chakra Meaning.

Third Eye Chakra Instruments: PIANO

The third eye is connected to piano music. The complexity and expressiveness of the piano relates well to the qualities of the third eye. The piano is a fairly recent invention, evolving from the plucked harpsichord around 1700AD. This invention was largely the work of Bartolomeo Cristofori in Padua, Italy. The sound of a piano is made by small hammers striking multiple stings. This combines the energy of percussion (base chakra) with the subtlety of strings (heart chakra)

Crown Chakra Instruments: CONCH SHELL

The crown is associated with the sound of the conch shell. Shells have been used as religious object since ancient times. A conch shell was found in a cave containing prehistoric drawings in France. The shell is believed to be 17,000 years old. Other conch instruments have been found in the Mediterranean region, across Europe, in India, the Americas, Japan and Tibet. The conch shape is a closely connected to the Golden Ratio. Positive psychological connections to the sound of a conch shell include hope, courage, and optimism.

Chakra Vowel Sounds

Chakra Sounds and Vowels

Each chakra also connects to a universal vowel sound. These chakra sounds can be chanted on a single tone or sung using a scale or a simple melody for easier repetition.

The vowel sounds for the chakras in order from the root chakra to the crown chakra are UH (root chakra), EW or OO (sacral chakra), OH (solar plexus chakra), AH (heart chakra), EYE (throat chakra), AA or AYE (third eye chakra) and EE (crown chakra). Learn more in the article Chakra Vowel Sounds.

At a fundamental level, vowels are feminine energy: consonants are masculine energy. Vowels are generic and formless. Consonants set parameters around the feminine energy to create form from formlessness. In other words, consonants create a container. 

The descriptions below indicate the connections between chakra vowels sounds, organs and anatomical structures in the human body. For in-depth coverage of this topic, see the article Chakras and Organs of Human Anatomy.

Root Chakra Vowel Sound: UH

The root chakra governs the lower part of the body, including the legs, hips, lower back and lower spine. These areas of the body establish balance and stability. These are the organs and systems that provide a strong foundation for physical health and a platform for our presence in the world. The vowel sound UH affects the feet, knees, pelvis, skeletal system and muscular system. Learn more in the article Root Chakra Meaning.

Sacral Chakra Vowel Sound: EW

The sacral chakra is focused on relationships. This includes one’s relationship with oneself as well as others. The sacral chakra is known in Sanskrit as Svadhishthana, meaning literally “one’s own place.” The sacral chakra is the realm of communication, exchange and finances. This chakra and the vowel sound EW are connected to the reproductive organs, lower back, large intestines and kidneys. More details in the article called Sacral Chakra Meaning.

Solar Plexus Chakra Vowel Sound: OH

The solar plexus chakra governs the power of transformation and assimilation. The solar plexus chakra is the center of digestion of food on the physical level as well as the digestion of thoughts and emotions on the mental and emotional levels. The solar plexus is the fire center, often symbolized by the colors yellow or red and a sun-like image. The solar plexus is enhanced by the vowel sound OH affecting the liver, pancreas, stomach and adrenals. Find out more in Solar Plexus Chakra Meaning

Heart Chakra Vowel Sound: AH

Traditions around the world place great importance on the significance of the heart. Many believe the heart has emotional significance as well as spiritual meaning. In the spiritual dimension, many traditions believe that the spark of life resides is an inner chamber associated with the heart. The physical organs connected to the heart chakra and the vowel sound AH are the physical heart, circulatory system and lungs. Learn more in the article Heart Chakra Meaning.

Throat Chakra Vowel Sound: EYE

The throat chakra is the seat of power on the energetic level. In this place we qualify the fundamental energy of life for blessing or bane with every word spoken. Thus, the throat is the place of greatest vulnerability and greatest strength. The vowel sound EYE is connected to the thyroid, vocal chords, esophagus, tonsils and larynx. Learn more about the throat chakra in Throat Chakra Meaning

Third Eye Chakra Vowel Sound: AYE or AA

There are several organs associated with the third eye chakra and the vowel sound AA. These organs all bring in sensation for interpretation by the brain. The pineal gland is the organ associated with the third eye chakra that receives the most attention. Some traditions say that the soul enters and leaves the physical body at birth and death through the pineal gland. Organs associated with the third eye include the eyes, ears, brain and endocrine system. Explore this topic further in Third Eye Chakra Meaning.

Crown Chakra Vowel Sound: EE

The crown chakra is revered as the seat of enlightenment. This chakra is the thousand petaled lotus of wisdom in its myriad forms. There is some overlap between the organs associated with the third eye chakra and those associated with the crown chakra. The crown chakra is connected to the brain, nervous system, hypothalamus, hair, nails and skin. Discover more connections in Crown Chakra Meaning.

Piano Third Eye Chakra Musical Instrument

Chakra Sounds and Musical Notes

Solemnization or solfeggio is the practice of using syllables to teach pitch and sight reading through recognition of the different steps of the scale. This practice originated in ancient India with the system known as sargam mentioned above: SA, RE, GA, MA, PA, DHA, NI, SA.

Using this system, if you begin on the note C, the sounds would correspond to musical notes as follows: SA=C, RE=D, GA=E, MA=F, PA=G, DHA=A, NI=B and back to SA on the C an octave higher than the first C.

A Benedictine monk named Guido d’Arezzo invented the system used with Western music: DO, RE, MI, FA, SO ,LA, TI and the return to DO. Guido was familiar with the Indian sargam. Each of these systems use a sound associated with a chakra beginning with the root chakra and ending at the crown chakra.

How this can be used to learn to sing pitches was demonstrated in the classic movie The Sound of Music: “When you read, you begin with A-B-C. When you sing, you begin with DO-RE-MI…” Guido used this system to help monks learn extensive and complex Gregorian chants.

Learn more about the origins of the Eastern sargam and the Western DO-RE-MI and how these are paired with the chakras and shifts in energy in the article Chakras and Musical Notes.

Mantras, Hindu Deities & Chakra Sounds

There appears to be coded formulas in mantras  to directly stimulate the chakras and the meridian system. This may be the fundamental power of mantras for healing. In turn, the chakras energize various systems and organs in the body. There are also mudras (hand positions) and body movements that correspond to each vowel sound.

There are also Hindu deities associated with each chakra. The deities represent particular vibrations or aspects of consciousness. Mantras, chants and bhajans to the Hindu deities are wonderful way to experience chakra sounds.

These deities are those most commonly selected as associated with the chakras from the large number of Hindu deities. More information about the deities connected to each chakra and examples of mantras using their names are included in the article Chakras and Deities

ROOT CHAKRA MANTRAS & DEITIES

The deities Ganesha, Brahma and Indra are associated with the root chakra. These deities help to establish a foundation: Brahma is the creative aspect of God, Indra belongs to the heaven above, and Ganesha helps to overcome obstacles here on earth.

Ganesha Meaning Full Illustration

Ganesha, God of New Beginnings
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GANESHA: Root Chakra

Ganesha is another prominent figure in chakras and deities. Ganesha is often invoked at the beginning of an undertaking or an event. Ganesha is also a patron of writers and learning. Ganesha became a popular deity in the 2nd to 5th centuries AD. He is found in various traditions including Jainism and Buddhism. For this reason, Ganesha is often invoked in the beginning of a practical endeavor. For more information and music videos, see Ganesha Mantras

Mantra to Ganesha: Om Gung Ganapataye Namaha

BRAHMA: Root Chakra

Brahma is the Hindu creator god also known as the Self Born, the Lord of Speech, and the creator of the four Vedas. Brahma is the consort of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and wisdom. Brahma is traditionally depicted with four faces and four arms.

Mantra to Brahma: Om Eim Hrim Shrim Klim Sauh Sat Chid Ekam Brahma

INDRA: Root Chakra

Indra is the king of heaven. He is associated with lighting, thunder, storms, rain and rivers. Indra rides on an elephant, symbolizing compassion, intelligence, and ancient wisdom. An elephant with seven trunks is sometimes depicted, representing all seven of the major chakras or energy centers in the body.

Mantra to Indra: Om Namo Bhagavate Rajadevaya

SACRAL CHAKRA MANTRAS & DEITIES

The sacral chakra is associated with deities including Vishnu, his consort Rakini and the goddess Parvati. There are others, but these are three of the main sacral chakra deities. 

PARVATI: Sacral Chakra

Parvati is the Hindu goddess of fertility, love and devotion as well as divine strength and power. She is the gentle and nurturing aspect of the goddess energy and the consort of Shiva. Parvati is part of a trinity of Hindu goddesses that also includes Lakshmi and Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and learning. Hear the following mantra to Parvati called Paravati Parashakti in the Chakras and Deities article.

Mantra to Parvati: Parvati Parashakti Parvati, Jai Parvati Shakti Mata

VISHNU: Sacral Chakra

Vishnu is an incarnation of Krishna. In this incarnation, he is the consort of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Vishnu is known as the preserver. He is one of the three persons of the Hindu trinity: Brahma (creator), Vishnu (preserver) and Shiva (destroyer).

Mantra to Vishnu: Agni Mangalam, Vayu Mangalam, Bhumi Mangalam, Mangalam Bhagavan Vishnu; Surya Mangalam, Giri Mangalam, Jagat Mangalam, Mangalam Bhagavan Vishnu

RAKINI: Sacral Chakra

Rakini is a goddess with two heads representing the duality between the external and internal worlds. This duality is also symbolized in light and dark, male and female, yin and yang, night and day, expansion and contraction and so forth.

Mantra to Rakini: Om Rakini Namaha

SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA MANTRAS & DEITIES

The solar plexus chakra is associated with the deities Ruhdra, his consort Lakini, and the goddess Lakshmi. The solar plexus is the fire center, often symbolized by the color yellow or a sun-like image. 

LAKSHMI: Solar Plexus Chakra

Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. Her name is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning goal, aim or sign. In addition, Lakshmi is usually shown seated or standing on a lotus. The lotus symbolizes creation, beauty, harmony, diversity, stability, and support. Hear this mantra to Lakshmi in the Chakras and Deities article.

Mantra to Lakshmi: Om Hrim Shrim Lakshmi Bhayo Namaha

RUDRA (Shiva): Solar Plexus Chakra

Rudra is a Hindu god appearing in the Vedas, ancient sacred scriptures. He has both destructive and beneficial aspects. Rudra is the divine archer, shooting arrows of disease and death. He is also a healer and source of remedies for ailments. Rudra is a form of Shiva.

Mantra to Rudra: Om Namah Shivaya

LAKINI: Solar Plexus Chakra

Lakini is a benefactor goddess and the consort of Rudra. Lakini has four arms. Three of her hands hold symbolic items (a thunderbolt, an arrow, and fire). her fourth hand is held in the gesture or mudra of granting wishes and dispelling fears.

Mantra to Lakini: Om Lakini Namah

HEART CHAKRA MANTRAS & DEITIES

Deities associated with the heart are Hanuman in the Eastern tradition and the Holy Spirit in the West. Mantras for the heart chakra emphasize the heart as the seat of love and devotion. The heart expresses charity, compassion, and kindness. The heart is a focus for beauty and culture. The heart brings the awareness of community and compassion for others.

Hanuman the Monkey-God
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HANUMAN: Heart Chakra

Hanuman is a key deity in the Hindu tradition associated with the heart chakra. Hanuman is the monkey god, hero of epics and stories in Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Hanuman is the ardent devotee of Lord Rama, and he plays a central role in the epic poem Ramayana.

Hanuman is sometimes depicted as the patron of martial arts, wrestling, and acrobatics. I think of Hanuman as an Eastern superhero, somewhat akin to Superman or Spiderman or Batman. He is also the patron of meditation and scholarship. Listen to the Hanuman mantra and other mantras for the chakra deities at Chakras and Deities: Keys to Experiencing God.

Hanuman Mantra: Hanuman Jaya Ram, Jaya Sit Ram

THROAT CHAKRA MANTRAS & DEITIES

One of the central Hindu deities associated with the throat chakra is Sadashiva. Sadashiva is the highest form of Shiva, the Hindu god of dissolution. The throat chakra is connected to creativity and self-expression as well as the actions of speaking, chanting and singing. Mantras are an ideal tool for supporting the thyroid and related organs.

SADASHIVA: Throat Chakra

Sadashiva wears a tiger skin indicating his victory over animal instincts. The snake around his neck represents the endless cycle of birth and death. The trishula held in one hand is a three-in-one symbol representing the divine as a trinity. 

Sometimes Sadashiva is depicted with five faces representing five emanations of God or the four directions plus upward movement. Other sources see the number five symbolizing the five forces of the universe: creation, preservation, destruction, obscuration and grace.

Sadashiva Mantra: Namo Sadashiva Shambo, Hey Shiva Shankara Shambo; Bhagavan Deva, Shiva Shambo, Sadashiva Deva Shiva Shambo

THIRD EYE CHAKRA MANTRAS & DEITIES

The third eye is associated with several deities and combined forms of deities. For example, Shiva is often depicted as having three eyes because of his powerful development of this chakra. Other deities associated with the third eye include Vishnu and his incarnations as Krishna and Rama. 

KRISHNA: Third Eye Chakra

Krishna, is the son of Devaki and her consort Vasudeva, king of the Chandravanshi clan. Devaki’s brother was Kansa, an evil tyrant. He was told that a child of Devaki would kill him, so he set out to murder the young Krishna. For his own protection, Krishna was sent to live in the country with Nanda and his wife Yasoda. Krishna’s childhood was spent among their cow herds. This is the origin of Krishna’s childhood names, Gopala and Govinda.

Krishna Mantra: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare; Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare

RAMA: Third Eye Chakra

Rama is a god of protection, one of the nine incarnations of Vishnu. Rama is the most popular avatar of Vishnu, a paragon of virtue and chivalry. Rama is the central character in the Hindu epic the Ramayana. He is the consort of Sita. Rama, also known as Ram, and Sita have many adventures and trials together in this ancient story.

Rama Mantra: Om Apadamapa Hateram Dateram Sarva Sampadam; Lokah Bhi Ramam Sri Ramam Bhuyo Bhuyo Namam Yaham

SHIVA: Third Eye Chakra

Shiva is one of the three persons of the Hindu trinity. Shiva is the aspect of God that strips the devotee of all illusions. Thus, he is the deity of the third eye or spiritual vision. Shiva is said to possess enough power in his third eye to send out a deadly beam at will.

Shiva Mantra: Shiva Shambo, Hare hare Shambo

CROWN CHAKRA MANTRAS & DEITIES

One of the presiding deities for the crown chakra is Shiva— often depicted in a dancing form known as Nataraja—Lord of the Dance. Shiva is alternately depicted both as benevolent and fearsome. Shiva is often shown with a serpent around his neck, a crescent moon as an adornment, the river Ganges flowing from his hair or flowing nearby, the trishula as his weapon, and a damaru (drum) nearby.

Nataraja, Form of Shiva
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NATARAJA (Shiva): Crown Chakra

Nataraja is a whirling, joyous being dancing through the cosmos. The dance of Nataraja is called Tandava. The dance is the source of all movement within the universe. The gestures of the Tandava indicate five activities of Shiva. They are creation (symbolized by the drum), protection (the upraised hand), grounding and claiming the earth (the foot on the ground), destruction (the hand holding fire), and release (the upraised foot). To listen to Nataraja mantras in music videos and learn more, see Nataraja Mantras: Hindu God and Cosmic Dancer.

Mantra to Nataraja: Nataraja, Nataraja, Nartana Sundara Nataraja; Shivaraja, Shivaraja, Shivakami Preya Shivaraja; Chidambaresa Nataraja, Parthi Puresa Shivaraja

Chakra Sounds and Kundalini

Chakras and Sound Frequencies

The sound frequencies associated with each chakra are measured in hertz (HZ). Hertz are the cycles per second of a sound wave. Note that the assignment of frequencies to the chakras can be a controversial undertaking.

Some believe that the ratios and frequencies are different for different individuals based on size, the distant between chakras due to physical proportions and so forth. This is definitely a field where additional research and study may be warranted. One possible system of frequencies is given below starting on the note A at 432HZ.

  • Root Chakra     432HZ
  • Sacral Chakra     480HZ
  • Solar Plexus Chakra     528HZ
  • Heart Chakra     594HZ
  • Throat Chakra     672HZ
  • Third Eye Chakra     720HZ
  • Crown Chakra     768HZ
Chakra Sounds Chart

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Sounds of the Chakras Chart

The information below is available as a downloadable chart for a handy reference for all of the sounds associated with the chakras. You may have a natural affinity for one approach or another. Find the sounds that you like to work with. You do not have to be a vocalist or a musician to benefit from using chakra sounds! 

ROOT CHAKRA SOUNDS

Bija Seed Syllable: LAM
Eastern Scale (Sargam): SA
Western Scale (Solfeggio): DO
Vowel Sound: UH
Musical Instrument: Drums
Sound Frequency: 432HZ

SACRAL CHAKRA SOUNDS

Bija Seed Syllable: VAM
Eastern Scale (Sargam): RE
Western Scale (Solfeggio): RE
Vowel Sound: OO
Musical Instrument: Wind
Sound Frequency: 480HZ

SOLAR PLEXUS SOUNDS

Bija Seed Syllable: RAM
Eastern Scale (Sargam): GA
Western Scale (Solfeggio): MI
Vowel Sound: OH
Musical Instrument: Organ
Sound Frequency: 528HZ

HEART CHAKRA SOUNDS

Bija Seed Syllable: YAM
Eastern Scale (Sargam): MA
Western Scale (Solfeggio): FA
Vowel Sound: AH
Musical Instrument: Strings
Sound Frequency: 594HZ

THROAT CHAKRA SOUNDS

Bija Seed Syllable: HAM
Eastern Scale (Sargam): PA
Western Scale (Solfeggio): SO
Vowel Sound: EYE
Musical Instrument: Horns
Sound Frequency: 672HZ

THIRD EYE CHAKRA SOUNDS

Bija Seed Syllable: OM
Eastern Scale (Sargam): DHA
Western Scale (Solfeggio): LA
Vowel Sound: AYE
Musical Instrument: Piano
Sound Frequency: 720HZ

CROWN CHAKRA SOUNDS

Bija Seed Syllable: AH
Eastern Scale (Sargam): NI
Western Scale (Solfeggio): TI
Vowel Sound: EE
Musical Instrument: Conch Shell
Sound Frequency: 768HZ

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Healing the Throat Chakra: Author’s Story

When I first began chanting, I had been on thyroid medication for over twenty years. Before my thyroid was normalized, I was plagued with constant dry skin, cold hands and feet, and a level of fatigue that was a daily challenge. Many of these symptoms persisted even on medication. 

During the healing process, I discovered that mantras are an ideal tool for supporting the thyroid, since the vibrations of chanting and singing pass directly through the throat. Find this video in the Throat Chakra Meaning article.

Kathleen Karlsen is a musician, artist, writer and speaker. She is the author of two books (Flower Symbols and Vocal Medicine) and over 200 articles. Kathleen, her husband Andrew and their five children live in Bozeman, Montana. Learn more about Kathleen Karlsen.

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CHAKRA SOUNDS ARTICLE SUMMARY 

This article covers all of the major forms of sound affecting and activating the seven major chakras. This includes the Sanskrit seed syllables, sacred toning, musical instruments, vowels, the musical scale and mantras. Some chakra sounds are self-generated. Other chakra sounds are passively experienced. Multimedia resources include a Chakra Sound Meditation video. 

Other resources on the web: Vibrational Frequencies of Life.

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