Vyagraha Hand Gesture (Mudra)

April 15th, 2008 by Anjali

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.

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  • 1 madhurani Apr 25, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    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 Apr 27, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    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)