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Vyagraha Hand Gesture (Mudra)

When the hands are held like paws of a tiger we get Vyaagraha Hasta.


Lets take a look at the Viniyoga Shloka (uses)

vyadhe bheke markatecha
suktau sanyujyate karaha

Shloka says that such a gesture is used to denote

  1. A Tiger
  2. A frog
  3. An Ape
  4. Nacre. Nacre is crystalline aragonite or calcium carbonate. Shellfish and mollusks excrete it when they are exposed to a parasite or a foreign body introduced into a shell. Nacre is Known for its shine and iridescence, and its coating on shells is called mother of pearl.

Note- Some call this gesture as Urnanbha.


  1. madhurani

    hare krishna, how are you?
    can i use this mudra if a character is representing lord nrsimhadev, when he defeats hiranyakasipu? accompained with ardhamandala position and valour facial expression? is a correct combination?

    madhurani d.d.

  2. Anjali

    Yes Didi, you can use this mudra for Narasimha Avatara. There is room for both the expressions Anger and Valour. Also the legs can be in a position called Prerita, where the legs are one and a half feet apart and bent at the Knees. (This position is similar to the postures in Mohiniattom and kathakali)

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