By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Dikpalakas, DikpAlakas, Dikpaalakas
Dikpālakas literally means ‘protectors of the quarters’.
Dikpālakas of Major Directions
Four major directions protected by deities are:
- Indra for purva or East
- Yama for dakṣiṇa or South
- Varuṇa for paścima or West
- Kubera for uttara or North.
Dikpālakas of Intermediate Directions
The intermediate directions are taken care of by:
These deities are rarely worshiped. They are mostly represented on the central panel of the ceiling in the chief pavilion (mahāmaṇḍapa) of a temple.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore