The Aṣṭa-Dikpāla, also known as the guardians of the eight directions, are a group of deities in Hinduism, Jainism, and Vajrayāna Buddhism responsible for ruling specific spatial directions.
Vāyu, the deity representing the northwest direction among the Aṣṭa-Dikpāla, plays a crucial role as a guardian in Hindu cosmology. As the god of wind, Vāyu is tasked with overseeing and safeguarding the northwest quarter of the universe. His role is associated with the vital life force carried by the wind, symbolizing the dynamic and transformative aspects of creation within the cosmic order.
Īśāna, representing the northeast direction among the Aṣṭa-Dikpāla, is a significant deity in Hinduism’s cosmic governance. As the guardian of the northeast, Īśāna is considered a focal point connecting the earthly and celestial realms, symbolizing transcendence and spiritual elevation. Devotees believe that invoking Īśāna’s protection ensures harmony and balance in that specific direction, contributing to the overall cosmic equilibrium upheld by the guardians of the eight directions.