Chakra Sounds & Seed Syllables
Chakra sounds include spoken, sung and played vibrations. These vary based on the central role of each chakra in 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 resources to balance and strengthen your chakras through sound!
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 balance 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 activate the energy of the respective chakras. In addition, there are musical instruments associated with each chakra. Finally, there are Hindu deities, vowel sounds, musical notes, and frequencies that correlate to each chakra.
Chakra Chant Meditation Video
This video can be used as a sound bath or a musical meditation. The Chakra Chant Meditation includes the seed syllables that activate each chakra along with the instrument for that chakra. Chant along with each verse or relax and use the music as a sound healing experience. The video also 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
Chakra Sounds: 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.” This word is similar to “Amen” in the West, indicating completion or agreement. “Svaha” literally means a fire offering. Mantras may also end with “Namaha” meaning “I acknowledge, I honor or I bow.”
Root Chakra Seed Sound: LAMThe root chakra seed sound is LAM, pronounced “luhm.” This sound specifically activates the energy of the root chakra. 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. The base or root chakra is our fundamental connection to the physical plane. This is the place where ancestral memories reside. The root chakra governs the lower part of the body, including the feet, legs, knees, hips, lower back and lower spine. These areas of the body establish balance and stability. 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 Seed Sound: VAMThe sacral chakra seed or bija sound is VAM, pronounced “vuhm.” 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. This chakra is sometimes called the seat of the soul. The sacral chakra is the realm of communication, exchange and finances. If this energy is used improperly, addiction to sex or gambling can result. As the center of reproductive ability, the sacral chakra is also the seat of artistic creation. 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 Seed Sound: RAMThe solar plexus chakra seed sound is “RAM,” pronounced “ruhm.” Interestingly, this is also the name of a prominent Hindu deity called Ram or Rama. Explore the story of Ram in the article Sita Ram Mantra. 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. This is the center of intuition, the place where you get a “gut feeling.” The solar plexus chakra is connected to both service and desires. The solar plexus is also connected to the individuation process and the ability to take on responsibility. This chakra can be a place of personal authority and emotional strength. If misused, the solar plexus becomes the seat of addictions. 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 Seed Sound: YAMThe seed sound for the heart chakra is YAM, pronounced “yuhm.” 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. The energy of this chakra integrates opposite forces or brings two parts together. The heart chakra is symbolized by a twelve-petaled lotus with interlocking triangles. This is a depiction of yin and yang or male and female. 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 Seed Sound: HAMThe Sanskrit seed sound for the throat chakra is HAM, pronounced “hum.” 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 akasha or ether. The throat chakra is connected to creativity and self-expression as well as the actions of speaking and chanting. This chakra is associated with the neck, thyroid, esophagus, teeth, mouth and the ears. The throat and thyroid are where emotions, intentions, praise and criticism are expressed. Learn more in Throat Chakra Meaning. Listen to the sacral chakra mantra “OM HAM Namaha” in the article Chakra Mantras.
Third Eye Chakra Seed Sound: OMThe seed sound for the third eye chakra is “OM,” pronounced “ohm.” 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. The third eye is also the center of imagination. The word “imagination” itself means the ability to hold an “image” firmly in mind. This is the first step towards bringing that form into manifestation. This practice of visualization is also a proven technique in sports, musical performance, and other endeavors. Thus, strengthening the third eye aids in both intellectual and artistic pursuits. Explore this topic further in Third Eye Chakra Meaning. Listen to the sacral chakra mantra “OM Namaha” in the article Chakra Mantras.
Crown Chakra Seed Sounds: AH, ANG or AUMThere are multiple seed sounds attributed to the crown chakra. Some believe the crown is not a single chakra, but a cluster of chakras. The seed sounds are AH, NG, and 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. The crown can be viewed as the father, or spirit energy, drawing the mother, or earth energy, from the lower chakras upward. 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 Musical InstrumentsThere are musical instruments that produce sounds which can be used 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. These musical instruments are also typical for certain kinds of music and rhythms. These are discussed below from the root chakra to the crown chakra. Root Chakra: Drums Sacral Chakra: Woodwinds Solar Plexus: Organ Heart Chakra: Violin, Strings Throat Chakra: Horns Third Eye Chakra: Piano Crown Chakra: Conch Shell
Root Chakra Musical SoundsThe musical instrument associated with the root chakra is the drum. The drum establishes the foundation and rhythm for music just as the root chakra creates the base for all of the other chakras. The Hindu deity most closely associated with the root chakra is Ganesha. Other gods and goddesses connected to the chakras are covered in Chakra Deities: Gods and Goddesses.
Drums for the Root ChakraDrums and percussion instruments are believed to be the oldest instruments on earth. Archeologists have found drums that are 9,000 years old. However, people are thought to have created simple wooden blocks to hit together in even earlier times. The beating of a drum is a universal practice to bring a group literally into the same rhythm. This relates to the issues of safety, community and security associated with the root or base chakra.
Drum Symbolism and Hindu GodsIn the Hindu tradition, Shiva is a god who plays a drum. One form of Shiva is Nataraja, the cosmic dancer. Mantras to Nataraja include references to the sound of his dancing feet (dhimi dhimi) and the sound of his beating drum (bam bam or bham bham). The drum symbolizes the power of creation and his feet dancing on the earth symbolize the process of grounding in the material world. Shiva’s second foot is usually lifted, a symbol of release from limitations. Hear mantras to Shiva.
Rhythm of Root Chakra MusicThe four petals of the root chakra correspond to the 4/4 rhythm (four beats per measure of music). This is the rhythm of marches and military fanfare. It is also the meter for much of Western rock and other popular musical styles. One of the issues with rock music is the syncopation of the 4/4 rhythm, which drives the energies of the chakras downward rather than upward. This runs counter to the aim of most spiritual practices of raising the energy from the root chakra to the crown.
Sacral Chakra Musical SoundsThe sacral chakra is connected to wind instruments (flutes, clarinets, bassoon, bagpipes). Woodwind instruments have been in use since before modern farming began 12,000 years ago. Bagpipes were originally made from animal skin but now are usually made of a synthetic like Goretex.
Role of Woodwinds in MusicOrchestral woodwinds including the flute, oboe, bassoon and saxophone were developed in Europe during the 17th through 19th centuries. The flute is the oldest instrument capable of producing more than one tone. Woodwinds are often used in chamber orchestra music, typically playing classical music. Clarinets and saxophones, however, have often been featured in jazz music as well. 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.
Krishna and His FluteKrishna is a Hindu god often depicting playing a flute. His sweet melodies are said to woo the soul back to God. Shortly after Krishna was born, he was sent to live in the country to protect him from the evil king Kamsa. Kamsa believed that Krishna would overthrow him and intended to kill him. For this reason, Krishna grew up living an idyllic rural life as a cow herder, often playing his flute to entertain the young milkmaids. Learn more and listen to a Krishna Mantra.
Symbolism of Woodwind InstrumentsThe woodwind instruments are closely related to the power of the breath. God is associated with the breath, fire and wind in many traditions. The idea that God breathes life into inanimate form is also a common theme in many traditions. Mantras for the lungs often focus on the breath, creating a smooth inhale and exhale to strengthen the lungs and calm the mind. These simple mantras help to create a vibration that connects your lungs, heart and spirit. Learn more about Healing Mantras.
Solar Plexus Chakra Musical SoundsThe solar plexus is most affected by organ music and similar instruments such as the harmonium (also known as a hand organ). Learn more about the Solar Plexus Chakra. The harmonium is believed to have been invented in the late 1700s in Copenhagen.
Origin of the HarmoniumThe instrument was originally used by Christian missionaries in Europe and 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. The harmonium was temporarily banned from music broadcasts in India in the 1940s. This was because the subtleties of Indian music could not be reproduced with the fixed reed tones and the western scale of twelve semitones. However, the fixed nature of the tones was also a great benefit: the instrument did not lose tuning in hot or humid weather. The harmonium is now the most commonly used instrument in northern India and the most popular kirtan instrument around the world.
Kirtan Music and the ChakrasHarmonium music is often associated with kirtan, a form of sacred singing in a group setting, often in call and response. The word “kirtan” comes from Sanskrit and specifically refers to the practice of singing mantras. Kirtan is a growing phenomenon in the West, often associated with yoga studios or meditation centers. More in Kirtan Music & FAQs. Some define kirtan music as chanting the names of God. Other kirtan music is specifically related to the chakras. There are seed syllables and Vedic mantras for each of the chakras. See the article Chakra Mantras for more info and examples.
Organ Music and ChakrasOrgan music in West is usually associated with hymns and sacred music. Thus, the connection to the harmonium in the early days of missionary activity in North America as mentioned above. The sound of an organ is powerful and soothing at the same time, perfect for the solar plexus chakra. Explore other aspects of this chakra in Solar Plexus Chakra Meaning.
Solar Plexus Chakra and the Goddess LakshmiThe solar plexus chakra is also associated with wealth and abundance. In the Hindu tradition, the goddess Lakshmi bestows gold coins, rice and other necessities and luxuries on her devotees. Learn more about mantras to the Hindu Goddess of Wealth.
Heart Chakra Musical SoundsThe 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 my heart strings.”
Ancient and Modern Stringed InstrumentsThe earliest known stringed 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. The body or sound box can be round, square or pear-shaped. The strings have often been made of animal gut. The strings are now made of steel, nylon or synthetic polymers.
The World’s Beloved ViolinThe violin plays a premier role in an orchestra. They are well-suited to carrying the melody in much of classical music. A full orchestra may have as many as thirty violins divided between first and second violins. The leader of the first violins is the leader of the orchestra. Second violins often support the melody of the first violins by playing harmony or the same melody at a lower pitch.
Goddess Saraswati and the Ancient Stringed VeenaThe veena is an ancient classical stringed instrument of India, played by the goddess Saraswati. The veena is plucked rather than bowed. The veena has three to seven strings and twenty-four frets. A large gourd at the base creates resonance. The goddess Saraswati is associated with music, literature, poetry and speech or debate. To be of the highest quality, these things must come from the heart.
Hindu God of the Heart ChakraThe Hindu god associated with the heart chakra is Hanuman. Hanuman is a money-faced Eastern superhero with multiple powers. Hanuman’s powers stem from his pure devotion, also indicating the central nature of the heart. Learn more about the Hanuman Yantra, a sacred symbol similar to a mandala, or listen to a Hanuman Mantra.
Throat Chakra Musical SoundsThe 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. Horn instruments began as hunting horns, originally made from animal horns. The word “horn” in German is “cor” in French and “corno” in Italian. These are all references to animal horns.
Strengthening the Throat Chakra with Horn MusicHorns 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. Some horns such as the French horn have a limited number of keys to change the pitch of the tone. Listening to horn music can strengthen the throat chakra.
Center of Speech and CommunicationThe throat chakra is connected to creativity and self-expression as well as the actions of speaking, chanting and singing. This chakra is associated with the neck, thyroid, esophagus, teeth, mouth and the ears. The throat and thyroid are where emotions, intentions, praise and criticism are expressed. The seed syllable for the throat chakra is HAM (hum). The Vedic mantra for this chakra is “Om Ham Namaha.” This sound honors and strengthens the energy of positive personal power and finding your own voice. Learn more about the meaning of the Throat Chakra and watch a video on healing the throat chakra and thyroid: Mantras, Money and the Thyroid.
Third Eye Chakra Musical SoundsThe 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.
Third Eye Energy of the PianoPlayed with both hands and feet, the piano gives a wide range of tones. The pedals create sustained sound and soften the tone. The original name for the piano was the “pianoforte.” This simply means the “soft-loud” instrument. The sound of a piano is made by small hammers striking multiple stings. This combines the energy of percussion with the subtlety of strings. Most pianos have 88 keys with over 200 strings. Learn more about the Third Eye Chakra.
The Third Eye and Spiritual VisionPiano music varies widely, ranging from simple melodies to complex harmonies. This connects to the third eye ability of discernment. The third eye is the focus for vision, both in the present and prophetic or psychic abilities. The piano or keyboard is a fundamental instrument for most musicians, composers and conductors. Likewise, the third eye is the place where we create our own future by what we choose to see and visualize.
Crown Chakra Musical SoundsThe crown is associated with the sound of the conch shell. 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.
Conch Shell and the Golden RatioThe conch shell shape is a spiral closely connected to the Golden Ratio. Shells have been used as religious object since ancient times. The positive psychological connections to the sound of a conch shell include hope, courage, and optimism.
Music for Liberation and FreedomThe conch is sometimes called a “seashell trumpet” or “shell trumpet.” The conch shell is an effective signaling device, sometimes used as a war trumpet. On a spiritual level, the sound can signify liberation and freedom. The conch shell is part of many rituals in Hinduism. This includes funerals, sacred festivals and pujas (worship rituals).
The Crown Chakra and the Cosmic DancerNataraja is the dancing form of Shiva, a joyful being spinning and dancing through creation. 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. Learn more about the sounds and seed syllables for the crown chakra in the article Chakra Sounds.
Chakra Toning & Vowel SoundsIn addition to the chakra bija seed syllables discussed above, toning sounds for the chakras also include vowel sounds. The vowel sounds connected to each chakra and the role of vowel sounds in mantras are covered in detail in the article Chakra Toning & Vowel Sounds. The practice of toning and additional information about chakra vowels are also covered. A summary of these sounds are listed below:
Root Chakra Vowel Sound: UHThe 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: EWThe 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: OHThe 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: AHTraditions 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: EYEThe 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: AA or AYEThere 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: EEThe 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.
Chakra Sounds and Musical NotesSolemnization 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.
Chakra Sounds & Hindu Gods and GoddessesThere appears to be coded formulas in mantras that 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 Sounds & Hindu DeitiesThe 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 Mantra: Root Chakra DeityGanesha 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 Mantra: Root Chakra DeityBrahma 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 Mantra: Root Chakra DeityIndra 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 Sounds & Hindu DeitiesThe 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 Mantra: Sacral Chakra GoddessParvati 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 DeityVishnu 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 GoddessRakini 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 Sounds & Hindu DeitiesThe 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 GoddessLakshmi 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: Solar Plexus Chakra DeityRudra 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 GoddessLakini 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 Sounds & Hindu DeitiesDeities 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: Heart Chakra DeityHanuman 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 Chakra Gods and Goddesses. Hanuman Mantra: Hanuman Jaya Ram, Jaya Sita Ram
Throat Chakra Sounds & Hindu DeitiesOne 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 DeitySadashiva 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 Sounds & Hindu DeitiesThe 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 DeityKrishna, 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 DeityRama is a god of protection, one of the nine incarnations of Vishnu. Ram is also associated with the solar plexus chakra. 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 DeityShiva 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 Sounds & Hindu DeitiesOne 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: Crown Chakra DeityNataraja 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). Mantra to Nataraja: Nataraja, Nataraja, Nartana Sundara Nataraja; Shivaraja, Shivaraja, Shivakami Preya Shivaraja; Chidambaresa Nataraja, Parthi Puresa Shivaraja
Chakras and Musical NotesChakras and musical notes have been paired in a number of ways. A simple system is to assign sequential notes from the C Major scale to each of the chakras from the root to the crown: C (root), D (sacral), E (solar plexus), F (heart), G (throat chakra), A (third eye) and B (crown chakra). However, the science of sound goes even deeper than this basic parallel construction. The musical notes for the chakra can be correlated to the Western solfege system (DO-RE-MI, etc.) and the Eastern sargam system (SA-RE-GA, etc.). Learn more about these approaches in the article Chakra Musical Notes.
Chakra Sound FrequenciesThe 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
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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!
SACRAL CHAKRA SOUNDS
Bija Seed Syllable: VAM
Eastern Scale (Sargam): RE
Western Scale (Solfeggio): RE
Vowel Sound: OO
Musical Instrument: Wind
Sound Frequency: 480HZ
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
Author’s Story: Healing My Throat Chakra
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.
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.