02 July, 2012

Authentic design of Shree Yantra

More content was added to this article on 20th March 2018

2500 years back Adi Shankaracharya presented this Shree Yantra to the Chidambaram temple in south India.

He also presented a sphatik (crystal) Shivling to the temple; the most ancient Chidambaram temple is one of the five temples of Shiva which represent different elements (Earth, air, fire, water and ether); this temple represents the ether element.

These five temple's were built on the Earth’s magnetic equator (the magnetic equator of the Earth passed through south India at that time) and the layout and architecture of the temple is replete with philosophical meanings and all the five temples representing the elements are truly an engineering, astrological and geographical wonders

This temple houses various priceless objects one among those is a small idol of Natraj made of ruby.

The main idol is Natraj; Shiva dancing the Ananda Tandava; The dance of eternal joy.

How and in what direction should the Shree yantra be placed?

Upward facing triangle represents the male, fire energy; fire has a natural tendency to rise upwards, so males display more ambition.

Downward facing triangle represents the female, the yoni, water energy; water has a natural tendency to flow down and spread (may be that is why females cannot keep a secret and spread it)     

The Shree yantra represents feminine energy hence if placed vertically like in the above photos the 4 triangles point up and 5 triangles point down.

If the yantra is placed flat (horizontally) or in case of the Meru (3 dimensional yantra) the correct direction would be the apex of the central triangle faces east instead of west. So when you sit opposite to it for the worship, the apex should be on the side nearer to you and not on the farther side (temples are supposed to face east, so when you pray you face west)

The 4 triangles point west and the 5 triangles point east.

More information on the direction of the vertically placed Shree yantra is in the second part of this article, link provided at the bottom

Below 3 photos of the Meru Shree Yantra at the Matrubhuteswara Shrine at the Ramana Maharishi Ashram, this yantra dimensions were given by the Maharishi and was sanctified by Sri Maharshi’s own touch

Gratitude to Shri Arthur M Coucouvitis for providing the above photos 

A Shree Yantra Geoglyph which appeared mysteriously in 1990 on a dry bed of a lake in Oregon U.S.A, had been  drawn at a scale of nearly one-quarter-mile across and 13.3 miles of lines; this certainly appears to be  a paranormal activity.

Also, since it is a feminine yantra it may better be called a SHREE yantra rather than SRI yantra. 

You may also like to read the second part of this article (please click on the link below)




  1. this is an uncomparable and the most precious gift of adi shankaracharyaji that finally thers is a path to get rid of all the confusions of world and attain pure self.

    1. Sincerely appreciate your contribution / most welcome always

  2. i myself worship Meru Shree Yantra in my pooja ghar..... its has amazing positive wives.....

  3. what is your logic in calling this a shree yantra instead of sree yantra..
    i think it is श्री यंत्र and this श्री is used in male sense
    श्री राम, श्री कृष्ण etc

    1. this is a feminine yantra,

      the answer is already written in the blog as per my current understanding

  4. Yeah but if i am having a photo frame of shree yantra then on which direction of wall should i hang it & the front side should face which direction? East,west,north, south?

    1. Very good question
      shree yantras are placed vertically in south Indian temples
      in the chidambaram temple the yantra faces south so you have to face north to look at the yantra
      after I started to draw the shree yantra I realized that shree yantras at different temples have a different ratio’s I will update my blog for this information.

    2. please read this article


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  5. Hi bhoj sir,

    Many Astrologers and vastu experts say shree yantra can eliminate vastu defects in apartment flats. Is that true?

    In the article above you stated that " the apex of the central triangle faces east instead of west. So when you sit opposite to it for the worship, the apex should be on the side nearer to you and not on the farther side.

    So we have to face west while worshipping shree yantra? All astrologers and pandits says you should face east or north east while worship.


    1. it is said that the one who understands the Shree Yantra is either Shiv or in his last birth,i study the yantra for gaining enlightenment and have not tried to study it regarding vastu point of view, but i can say it certainly helps
      idols should face east and hence we face west while paying in front of the idols, our Badrinath temple also faces east
      i have written this after a few years study and the same is said by the sage of kanchi Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamiji in his discourse on soundari lahri and the yantra placed by swami rammana of arunachalla is also placed the same way

    2. Thanks for the reply. As I live in Delhi. North India, can you please tell me the direction for placement of 3D meru shree yantra

    3. same, already mentioned in blog