Muladhara: The Root or First Chakra

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The first chakra or Muladhara chakra is also known as the base or root chakra. It is located at the base of the spine near the coccyx, the easiest way to locate this chakra is by sitting down keep your arm parallel to your body and place your hand, palm up under your bottom!

So now you have found it what are its properties and what can it do for you? The Muladhara chakra is associaed with the property of earth and if you look at the images you will see this often depicted in diagrams.


The qualities of the earth are the qualities which one can associated with this chakra. In India the earth is known as ‘Dharti Maa’ or Mother Earth. What do you think about when I say that…Mother Earth? To me this brings feelings of security strength and foundation, all qualities which we associate with the earth are also applicable to the first chakra. The issues that this chakra relates to are around foundations, roots, grounding and understanding your right to be here on earth. Security and shelter are the main requirements with greed as a negative aspect.

Muladhara: The Root or First Chakra

Visual Representation

Yellow yantra square, surrounded by four red petals represents the four directions of Earth. The main colour associated with this chakra is Red, and the animal is the seven trucked elephant. The Sanskrit letters of the chakra petals are Varn, Sarn, Sharn, Sxarn.

Additional Information

The sense of smell and prana or energy of the earth link in with the first chakra. Deities: Each Chakra has a Manifestation of the Shiva and Shakti Deities. Baby Brahma – Ever watchful creator, brings peace of mind and calms fears. Dakini Shakti – Protectress, Creator, Preserver, Destroyer. Alravata the seven trucked elephant. The Bija Mantra is Lam, repetition of this mantra whilst concentration on the chakra and to help visualising the colour will help to activate and balance the chakra.