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Tripataaka Hand Gesture (Mudra)

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)

makutay vrikshabhaveshu vajray tadharavasavay
ketake kusumay deepay vanhejwala vijrambhanay
kapotay patralekhyayam banarthay parivrtanay
yujyatay tripatakoyam kathito bharatouttamayhi

It says Tripataaka is generally used to denote the following:

  • makutay: A crown
  • vriksha bhaveshu: A tree
  • vajray: Thunder
  • tadharavasavay: Lord Indra (or gods in plural form)
  • ketake kusumay: Ketaki flower
  • deepay: A Lamp
  • vanhejwala vijrambhanay: Fire
  • kapotay: A pigeon
  • patralekhyayam: writing
  • banarthay: an arrow
  • parivrtanay: to transform

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


  1. archana

    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

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

    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 🙂

  3. Sarangarajan.R

    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

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

  5. Shrijita Mishra

    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!

  6. Natasha D'souza

    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

  7. Ajay

    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

  8. Jodi

    My body makes this mudra with the left hand and has done so very often for about 12 months. I wonder why? I had never seen it before. I have been having spontaneous hasta mudras for 5 year’s now, but this one, yes, started about 12 months ago. Any ideas?

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