Ashtadikpalaka
Ashtadikpalaka

Astadikpala are a group of eight deities that guard eight directions of space according to Hinduism. On entering a Hindu temple we can find their images placed in each direction. Each of these deities is worshipped by chanting mantra specific to that diety.

1.Indra

Indra is the deity ruling the East  direction.The deity is carrying the weapon Vajyra (thunderbolt) and adores himself with flowers of lotus. He is Omni present and having a thousand eyes that scan all directions. The mantra to be chanted is ‘Om Lam Indraya Namah’.

2.Agni

Agni rules the  South east direction. The weapon he carries is the Spear. He is the one who illuminates the world. The mantra to be chanted is ‘Om Ram Agneya Namah’.

3.Yama

Yama rules the South direction. He is black in color and has sword in hand. The mantra chanted to please him is ‘Om Mam Yamaya Namah’.

  1. Nirrti

Nirrti guards the South west direction. He is  a Rakashasa with a great valour. He is adorned with flowers and jewellery. His dress is yellow in color and carries a sword. The mantra to be chanted is ‘Om Ksam Rakshasaya Namah’.

  1. Varuna

Varuna rules the West direction. He is white in color and has a noose in his hand. He wears yellow clothes and also has jewellery. He rides a fish. The mantra to be chanted is ‘Om vam Varunaya Namah’.

  1. Vayu

He rules the North west direction. He is black in color and loves travelling. He rides the deer. The mantra to be chanted is ‘Om Yvam Vayuve Namah’.

  1. Kubhera

He rules the North direction. He is endowed with wealth and travels in aeroplane. He is the friend of Lord Shiva.He wears a crown and has a pot belly. The mantra chanted to please him is ‘Om Mam Yamaya Namah’.

  1. Isana

He guards the North east direction. He has Trishul with him and wears glass necklace .He adorns himself with snake. The mantra chanted to please him is ‘Om Ham Isanaya Namah’.

 

 

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6. Vayu
He rules the North west direction. He is black in color and loves travelling. He rides the deer. The mantra to be chanted is ‘Om Yvam Vayuve Namah’.
7. Kubhera
He rules the North direction. He is endowed with wealth and travels in aeroplane. He is the friend of Lord Shiva.He wears a crown and has a pot belly. The mantra chanted to please him is ‘Om Mam Yamaya Namah’.
8. Isana
He guards the North east direction. He has Trishul with him and wears glass necklace .He adorns himself with snake. The mantra chanted to please him is ‘Om Ham Isanaya Namah’.