Chakrabja Mandala – ಚಕ್ರಾಬ್ಜ ಮಂಡಲ

Our Guru Sree Madhvacharya has explained in his Tantrasara that “ಪೂಜ್ಯಶ್ಚ್ಹ ಭಾಗವನ್ ನಿತ್ಯಂ ಚಕ್ರಾಬ್ಜಾ ಮಂಡಲೇ”. In English “Poojyascha Bhagavan
nityam chakraabjamandale”.  Worshiping the Almighty Lord with  Chakrabja Mandala – ಚಕ್ರಾಬ್ಜ ಮಂಡಲ as a pedestal or peetha is very rewarding.

So, what is the meaning of Chakrabja Mandala – ಚಕ್ರಾಬ್ಜ ಮಂಡಲ?

  • Chakra means wheel
  • Abja means Lotus in Sanskrit and
  • Mandala is the frame work

I had learnt to draw this when I came to the US several years back from my Brother-in-law Balaji’s ( my sister Suma’s husband) grandmother who was here in the US.

However, due to several reasons this rangoli had completely skipped my mind and I forgot drawing this. During the Shravana Masa, my Little Niece Shwetha, you all know her right? The one who drew our beloved Raghavendra Swamigalu had drawn this for Sree Anantha Padmanabha Vrata. My Sister showed it to me when I visited her house for the festival.

You can see the picture Shwetha has drawn in the picture below, I have a red/yellow arrow pointing to the same. There are two, one exactly below the table, and the other can’t be seen since the God is on top of the rangoli.

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I came back home and started searching the drawing online, to find none. Accidentally I opened the “ಸಾಧನ ದೀಪಿಕಾ  or Sadhana Deepika” book I had, and there it was the Rangoli. It is customary to draw this while performing pooje, and than place the Lord or any God you are performing pooje on top of this rangoli.

I will post a step by step instruction on how to draw this Chakrabja Mandala – ಚಕ್ರಾಬ್ಜ ಮಂಡಲ soon. For the time being attached below are images of the same.

1. This image is from my “ಸಾಧನ ದೀಪಿಕಾ  or Sadhana Deepika” book.

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2. This image is from SBAT temple. Details of the temple can be found here. Scroll down in the page, and you will see several images.  http://sbat.org/Poojas_Homas.html.

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14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kavita on December 7, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks for the info. Waiting for the rangoli design….

    Reply

  2. Posted by M.K. Sandhya on December 10, 2012 at 4:59 am

    I like this site very much. It is very interesting and i want to know what is there in sadana deepika. I want to purchase that book. pl. reply at the earliest.

    Reply

    • Posted by meeraghu on December 10, 2012 at 8:26 am

      It has details about many lyrics, what pooje needs to be performed on what days, the rituals and so on. It should be available in any Rayara Mutt in Bangalore, or maybe Vidya peetha also.

      Reply

  3. Posted by JayashreeRoopeshchander on January 10, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Hello aunty, i stay in bangalore .i like your blog very much which has all useful informations. And i would like to inform about the book ” sadhana deepika” Rs 180 which is available at shop pooja prapancha / pooja sagara in bangalore. address is as below.

    # 47/1. N.R colony main road
    (subbaramachetty road)
    Between upahaaradarshini and N.R.colony main busstop
    Basavanagudi Bangalore 56004
    Email: info@pujasagara.com
    Ph: 08026606281
    Their email address is not working, please call for further information.

    JayashreeRoopeshchander
    Bangalore

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    • Posted by meeraghu on January 10, 2013 at 8:53 am

      Thanks for the information, Jayashree. I do have this book.

      Reply

      • Posted by JayashreeRoopeshchander on January 10, 2013 at 9:20 am

        Sure aunty, the info about the book was regarding Ms. M.K. Sandhya’s comment. I am looking forward for your step by step instructions.

  4. Namaste Meeraji,

    Please see this link for more details

    http://srinivasa-kalyana.blogspot.in/2013/05/chakrabja-mandala.html

    Jai Bharateesha !

    Reply

  5. Posted by Latha Venkatesh on June 3, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Namste

    It’s wonderful to visit your blog, I learnt many things form your site, it is nice to learn madvanama lyrics, thanks again.

    Latha Venkatesh

    Reply

  6. Posted by Hrao on June 25, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    If you have harikathamrutha saaru, share maadi

    Reply

  7. Posted by charitha.koralli on October 31, 2013 at 6:41 am

    hello aunty i am charitha the information provided by you is taking many people near to hari paada i wish let hari give you more knowledge and let us all follow your foot steps and become krutartha……by d way i wrote full hari kathamruta saara and gav to srigalu its above all d heaven i wish all to, atleast read and make there lifssss meaningful

    Reply

  8. Posted by prathibha on November 16, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    pls tell how to draw step by step this rangoli i am very greatfull to u

    Reply

  9. Posted by Nagaraj on April 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Sir I need chakrabja mandala xerox copy. Can you send it to my mail. I need a clear one to carve it on somasutra
    Regards
    K.S.Nagaraj
    9845080800

    Reply

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