Mani-pura-cakra (1) is a ten-petalled golden lotus, situated above the last in the region of the navel. “Fire” evolved from “air” is the Tattva of the cakra. The ten petals are of the colours of a cloud, and on them are the blue varnas – “dam”, “dham”, “nam”, “tam”, “tham”, “dam”, “dham”, “nam”, “pam”, “phamâ€ – and the ten vrttis (vide ante), namely, lajja (shame), pisunata (fickleness), irsa (jealousy), trsna (desire), susupti (laziness), (2) visada (sadness), kasaya (dullness), moha (ignorance), ghrna (aversion, disgust), bhaya (fear).
Within the pericarp is the bija “ram”, and a triangular figure (mandala) of Agni, Lord of Fire, to each side of which figure are attached three auspicious signs or svastikas. Agni, red, four-handed, and seated on a ram, is within the figure. In front of him are Rudra and his Sakti Bhadra-kali, Rudra is of the colour of vermilion, and is old. His body is smeared with ashes. He has three eyes and two hands. With one of these he makes the sign which grants boons and blessings, and with the other that which dispels fear. Near him is the four-armed Lakini-Sakti of the colour of molten gold (tapta-kancana), wearing yellow raiments and ornaments. Her mind is maddened with passion (mada-matta-citta). Above the lotus is the abode and region of Surya, The solar region drinks the nectar which drops from the region of the Moon.
1. So-called, it is said by some, because during samaya worship the Devl is (Ptira) with gems (mani): see Bhaskara-raya’s Commentary on Lalita sahasra-nama, verses 37 and 38. By others it is so called because (due to the presence of fire) it is like a gem.
2. Deeply so, with complete disinclination to action: absence of all energy.