From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Synonyms of Suṣumnā[edit]

Suṣumnā is the central nāḍī or canal passing through the center of the spinal cord. It is called by several other names such as:

  1. Śunya
  2. Padavī
  3. Prahmarandhra
  4. Mahāpatha
  5. Śāmbhavī
  6. Others

Other Nāḍīs[edit]

The other two nāḍīs are the:

  1. Iḍā
  2. Piṅgalā

Awakening of Kuṇḍalinī[edit]

These two nāḍīs entwine it. When prāṇa[1] is made to flow through this by proper exercises like kumbhaka, the mind becomes absolutely steady. This steadiness is called manonmanī condition. The Kuṇḍalinī when awakened rises through the suṣumnā and reaches the sahasraracakra after piercing through all the other cakras.


  1. Prāṇa means life-force.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore