The intricate symbol for the root chakra or Muladhara in Sanskrit contains multiple images with linear meanings. Always illustrated as red — the color of vitality and awakening — it is governed by the element of earth and Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of vitality, destruction, and regeneration. Depicted as the “Master of Animals,” Lord Shiva governs the root chakra with the help of wise, powerful animals.
Animal symbolism associated with the root chakra
Historically revered as a symbol meaning wisdom and strength, the elephant represents the root, or Muladhara, chakra. In various spiritual traditions, from Hinduism to Shamanism, the elephant is symbolic of compassion, intelligence, confidence, and ancient wisdom. All of which are representative of the base chakra and the Kundalini energy it houses.