Tripataaka Hand Gesture (Mudra)

September 3rd, 2007 by Anjali

Tripataaka means “three parts of the flag”. In this Mudra, all the fingers are held straight and close together like the stop sign except for the ring finger which is bent.

Tripataka hasta

Let see the viniyoga shloka (uses)

makute vriksha bhaveshu vajre tadharavasave
ketake kusumay deepay vanhejwala vijrambhane
kapote patralekhyayam banarthe parivrtane
yujyate tripatakoyam kathito bharatouttamay

It says Tripataaka is generally used to denote the following:

  • A crown
  • A tree
  • An arrow
  • Thunder
  • Lord Indraโ€™s Weapon (Vajraayudha)
  • To Apply Tilak
  • Ketaki flower
  • A Lamp
  • Flames of Fire
  • A pigeon

As we discussed earlier, this Mudra would be used in the Nattu adavu. It is also prominently used in Tirumanam Adavu.

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  • 1 archana Nov 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    hai…it wood be extremely helpful if u could add videos demonstrating the vinyogas of the different hastas as well as the meaning and usages you have added…please……if you could…..i would be so gratefull…..thankyouu…

  • 2 Destini Dec 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Wow! What a simple, yet difficult hand gesture. The fourth finger is so weak it’s difficult to isolate. ๐Ÿ˜›

    By the way, thank you SO much for this site Anjali. Don’t ever ever EVER take it down. We here almost in 2012, 5 years ago are using it to learn this beautiful style of dance and you make it as simple as can be. God bless you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 3 Sarangarajan.R Jun 30, 2012 at 6:55 am

    You are doing a great service to our Bharatheeya sastra. Madem, If you can kindly (when every you have some more time to spend) update completely on each mudras’d meaning (Asumyukta and samyuktha) it will be great help. I am reading it from your site only. (hehehe). Great help madem.

  • 4 Amanda Haag Feb 2, 2013 at 5:38 am

    It would be beneficial if you could add the sholkas of all the hastas as the official book is in kannada

  • 5 Mani Oct 31, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Kindly let me know the lyrics for Mudras in kannada.

  • 6 Girl Jan 23, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Can you please add pictures???!! It would really help.

  • 7 Girl Jan 23, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Can you please add pictures!??

  • 8 Shrijita Mishra Feb 7, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Dear Anjali Didi
    Thank you so much for all your contribution to teach all apt he dance lovers through this site.You will get great Punnya for all your deeds.well can you explain the mudras in a video.
    Thanks in advance!

  • 9 Natasha D’souza Jun 29, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Anjali ma’am you are doing a wonderful thing.I agree with archana,if you could add videos for the Viniyoga meanings demonstrating the mudra arrangement it would be grwat

  • 10 Snighdha Jan 15, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Very useful for all those who learn dance

  • 11 Preeti Jun 7, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing your vidyaa Guru Anjali?

  • 12 Ajay Nov 2, 2018 at 4:02 am

    I always wondered why shinsuke nakamura(king of strong style in wwe world)most oftenly uses this mudra . I have searched many websites for this mudra’s true meaning. thanks for making my mind clear