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The lokapalas are the "world-protectors" - four or sometimes eight deities that are installed on the outer gates of a yantra as the guardians of the directions. The deities chosen as world-protectors differs according to particular lineages.

For example, in one example of Sri Vidya ritual, the Lokapalas are given as:

  1. Indra
  2. Agni
  3. Yama
  4. Nirriti
  5. Varuna
  6. Vayu
  7. Soma
  8. Ishana