Aathara Stalam

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Aathara Stalam indicates the places which are considered to be divine impersonations of Tantric chakras, associated with human anatomy. The Annamalaiyar temple is called the Manipooraga stalam,[1] associated with "Manipooraga", the human anatomical cause for spiritual ignorance, thirst, jealousy, treachery, shame, fear, disgust, delusion, foolishness and sadness.[2] Five temples are located in Tamil Nadu, and one at Varanasi.

Tantric Chakra Description Temple Location Symbol
Anthagam
(Sanskrit: आज्ञा, ājňā, [aːɟɲʌ])
Brain directly behind eyebrow Natarajar Temple Chidambaram
Visuthi
(Sanskrit: विशुद्ध, Viśuddha)
Neck region near spine Sri Kalahastheeswara Swami Temple Kalahasthi
Anahata
(Sanskrit: अनाहत, Anāhata)
Central channel behind spine Kashi Vishwanath Temple Varanasi Hrit.jpg
Manipooragam
(Sanskrit: मणिपूर, Maṇipūra)
Spine directly behind the navel Arunachaleshwarar Temple Thiruvannamalai Manipura.png
Swathistanam
(Sanskrit: स्वाधिष्ठान, Svādhiṣṭhāna)
One's own abode Thiruvanaikaval Trichy Swadhisthana.png
Moolatharam
(Sanskrit: मूलाधार, Mūlādhāra)
Basal end of the spinal column Thyagaraja Swamy Temple Tiruvarur Muladhara.png
  1. ^ Kamalabaskaran 1994
  2. ^ Spear 2011. p. 121