Shanmukhapriya, a very beautiful raga is the 56th Melakartha which belongs to the tenth Chakra, Disi (Direction) Chakra – 10 directions in all – including Akash and Patal. Dikshitar school had a different name called Chamara for this raga.
In Mind, Body and Soul Chakra – Chakra 10 is higher Mental Chakra connected to the higher mental planes and rules special thought. It helps to bring in all levels of wonderful information. Universal knowledge is stored here. This raga has the effect of sharpening the intellect of the singer as well that of the listener. It instills courage in one’s mind and replenishes the energy in the body.