The Ajna Chakra – The Third Eye

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Out of these 7 Chakras, the sixth chakra is called the Ajna chakra, or the “brow chakra” or “third eye chakra”.

Ajna Chakra is exactly where the bindi is placed, in the centre of the forehead.

The word “Ajna” in Sanskrit, means “perceive,” or “command”.

It is related to the third eye of intellect and intuition.

According to the Vedas, when you see something in your dream or your mind’s eye, it is also seen by the Ajna.

The Ajna Chakra looks like a sacred lotus with two petals. Although it is traditionally described as white, it is said that it also looks like violet, indigo or deep blue.


The syllable OM is the seed syllable for the Ajna chakra.

The “Ardhanarishvara”, who is a half male, half female Shiva/Shakti, is the presiding deity of this chakra.

As per metaphysics, Bindu is considered as the dot or point from which the creation begins.

Creation of the universe is said to be in symmetry or union, hence the unity of male and female powers – Shiva and Shakti.

Ajna Chakra is also known as “the sacred symbol of the cosmos”.

Image of ajna chakra in late hindu tradition. Inside the two-petalled lotus there is a circle, a triangle, an OM mantra

Ajna Chakra’s main function is to manifest or balance your higher and lower selves so that you can come in equilibrium with your inner and outer world.

Ajna Chakra relates to the development of intuition. Ajna Chakra deals with the mental aspect of the brain, which deals with visual consciousness. And on the emotional aspect, Ajna Chakra deals with clarity on an intuitive level.

Thus, the purpose of the bindi is to make us realize and focus our mind, on the central point of our inner universe.

By focussing our mind on the Ajna Chakra, we can inculcate the powers of this chakra.

We can do this by facilitating our abilities to access our inner world which is full of wisdom and knowledge.

By focussing on the “Ajna Chakra”:-

  • You will be able to see or analyse the outer world better.
  • You will be able to interpret things in an unbiased and truthful manner.
  • You will abandon ego and get rid of false labels by connecting to this chakra.

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