Ardhapataaka Hand Gesture (Mudra)

September 24th, 2007 by Anjali

Ardhapataaka means “Half Flag”. It is done by bending the little finger after doing the Tripataaka.


Lets take a look at the viniyoga shloka of Ardhapataka

Pallave falake teeray ubhayoriti vachake
krakache churikayam cha dhvaje gopurashringayoho
yujyate ardhapatakoyam tattatkarmaprayogake

Shloka says that Ardhapataaka is used to denote the following:

  • Leaves
  • A board or a Slab for writing
  • Bank of the river
  • To Indicate “Both”
  • A knife
  • A banner
  • A Tower
  • An Animal Horn

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  • 1 Cherie Sampson Jun 29, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    This is a wonderful site – thank you. I am one and a half years into learning BN from Soorya Dance Co. in St Louis, MO.
    Photos are excellent of hastas and info here are informative and good supplement to me learning!

  • 2 Esha Aug 2, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Hello….i am 12 years old and i have a grade 3 exam in less than 2 weeks. I need some help with the Asamyutha hasta viniyogas…i don’t know how to peform the ‘verse’ with hands..basically i need some help because i dont know what the hands are for them. I know to use tripataka..say you do have to use that but i dont know how to use tripataka to make it look like a crown or a tree. I need help on Tripataka…ardhapataka….kartari mukham….mayuram…ardhachandram…aralam..shukhatundam…i would really appreciate it if you could help me in anyway. I have tried accesing video clips on your website but them have been remobedforsome reason…please could you contact me on my email address..
    thank you for your help
    your website has been really helpful..thanks

  • 3 Anjali Aug 5, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Esha you may want to buy some videos that would help you in hasta prayoga. Also will try to post some related videos soon.

  • 4 angel Feb 23, 2011 at 6:33 am

    wonderful site…………………..

  • 5 Priya Apr 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Wonderful work.. could you please tell me about the shlokas in Grade 3 exams

  • 6 Varni Apr 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Can you add a video abort asamyoda hasta viniogas

  • 7 ashima Jun 24, 2017 at 3:49 am

    as i love dancing i was kind of blessed to know about these mudras

    thanks to the website makers