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Shukatunda Hand Gesture (Mudra)

When the Ring finger of the Arala mudra is bent we get Shukatunda Hasta.

Viniyoga shlokam
Banaprayogaye kuntarthay eva aalayasya smriti kramay
marmoktyam mrugabhaveshu shukatundo niyujyatay

Shukatunda is used to denote the following:

  • Shukatunda literally means a Parrots Head
  • Banaprayogaye: A shooting of an arrow
  • kuntarthay: A spear
  • aalayasya smriti kramay: Remembering one’s Abode
  • marmoktyam: Saying of Mystic things
  • mrugabhaveshu: A violent mood


  1. Nyah Wynne

    Question, I have a wondering about a specific mudra that i have seen used. It is exactly like the shukatunda mudra, but the index finger is unbent. Is this an existing mudra and if so whaat are it’s relations?

    I know this is a very random question, but I have been trying to find an answer for some time. If you can help, thank you.

  2. calvin

    Hello from Cairo:
    Thanks for all the info about this classical
    dance of India. Still going strong with the
    I wish that the photos of the hand gestures were
    all on one page. It’s a bother to switch back and
    forth to view each one.
    I hope to visit Madras in Dec for the annual dance
    week of Bharata Natyam.
    Best wishes.

  3. Mrs.Suresh Kumar

    Re: Shukatunda, Mustishya, Sikharagashya. Kapita, Katakamugaha
    It is believed to have 3 separate hand gesturea for above each Mudra. Pls advise what are those. Thanks

  4. Natasha D'souza

    How do you show remembering once’s abode and saying of mystic things.Do these additionals meaning have a specific mudra arrangement?

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