COCHIN THIRUMALA DEVASWOM

TAPTHA MUDRADHARANA


This ritual of Tapta Mudra Dharana is said

to purify the body, cleanse one from his

past sins. Also, according to learned

opinion, this is said to have a positive effect

on the nervous system of a person.

The ritual of Tapta Mudra Dharana is a very

important for all Vaishnavas. It is as significant

as wearing Yagnopavita. It is customary for all

Vaishanvas to to undergo this ritual on the first

ekadashi of Ashadha Masa. The Vayu Purana

clearly brings out the importance and significance

of Tapta Mudra Dharana in the following verse -

उपवीतं शिखां चैव ऊर्ध्वपुण्ड्रं तथैव च ।

चक्रलाञ्छनहीनस्य विप्रस्य विफलं भवेत् ।।

All deeds performed by a Dvija are fruitless if

performed without Yagnopavita, Sikha, Urdhva

Pundra and Chakra Mudras.

In this short article some of the common

questions regarding this ritual are answered

quoting the relevant pramanas.

It should be on Ashadha Shuddha

Ekadashi..

This is due to scriptural injunction. According to

Padma Purana and other puranas, tapta mudra

should be obtained from a vaishnava guru at the

time of initiation to vaishnava mantras and also

during the AShADha shayanI ekAdashiand kArtIka

prabodhini ekadashis.

शयन्यां चैव बोधिन्यां चक्रतीर्थे तथैव च।

शङ्खचक्रविधानेन वह्निपूतो भवेन्नरः॥

shayanyAM caiva bodhinyAM cakratIrthe tathaiva

ca |

sha~NkhachakravidhAnena vahnipUto

bhavennaraH ||

Procedure of tapta mudra:

प्रतप्तं चक्रमादाय मन्त्रेणैव तथा गुरुः।

शङ्खचक्राङ्कनं कुर्यात् ब्राह्मणो बाहुमूलयोः

हुताग्निनैव संतप्य सर्वपापापनुत्तये।

चक्रं वा शङ्खचक्रो वा तथा पञ्चायुधानि वा।

धारयित्वैव विधिवत् ब्रह्मकर्म समारभेत्॥

prataptaM cakramAdAya mantreNaiva tathA

guruH |

sha~NkhacakrA~NkanaM kuryAt brAhmaNo

bAhumUlayoH

hutAgninaiva saMtapya sarvapApApanuttaye |

cakraM vA sha~Nkhacakro vA tathA

pa~ncAyudhAni vA |

dhArayitvaiva vidhivat brahmakarma samArabhet

||

The sha~Nkha amd chakra should be first heated

and then worn on the both the shoulders. One can

wear chakra or both sha~Nkha or chakra or the 5

weapons of viShNu. One should begin any ritual

only after wearing these marks.

अनेन विधिना मन्त्रं योऽधीते वैष्णवाद्गुरोः।

ततः स वैष्णवं याति नान्यथा सुरसत्तम॥

anena vidhinA mantraM yo.adhIte

vaiShNavAdguroH |

tataH sa vaiShNavaM yAti nAnyathA

surasattama ||

One who learns the mantra strictly adhering to

the above mentioned procedure will attain

vaiShnavisM and not otherwise.



According to vR^iddha hArIta smR^iti, the places

where the mudras are to be stamped is given as

under

स दहेत् दक्षिणेबाहौ चक्रं शङ्खं च वामतः।

स्तनयोरूर्ध्वतश्चापि स्वेच्छया च तथोदरे।

एवं मुद्रापञ्चकं च मुद्राद्वयमथाऽपि वा॥

sa dahet daxiNebAhau cakraM sha~NkhaM ca

vAmataH |

stanayorUrdhvatashchApi svecChayA ca

tathodare |

evaM mudrApa~ncakaM ca

mudrAdvayamathA.api vA ||

One should be stamped with cakra on the right

shoulder and sha~Nka on the left shoulder, on the

chest and also on the stomach. Like this one

should take either 5 or 2 mudras.

अकाले चाप्यदेशे च विधिमुल्लंघ्य यो नरः।

लोभाद्युपाधिना वाऽपि यस्मात् कस्माच्च पूरुषात्।

स्वयं वाऽपि दहेत् गात्रं चक्रश्ङ्खादिकैरपि।

सोऽपि व्रजेत निरयं साकं स्वगुरुणा चिरम्।

तस्मात्तु विधिना ब्रह्मन् गृह्णीयात् सद्गुरोरपि॥

akAle cApyadeshe ca vidhimullaMghya yo naraH

|

lobhAdyupAdhinA vA.api yasmAt kasmAcca

pUruShAt |

svayaM vA.api dahet gAtraM

cakrash~NkhAdikairapi |

so.api vrajeta nirayaM sAkaM svaguruNA ciram |

tasmAttu vidhinA brahman gR^ihNIyAt

sadgurorapi ||

One should chose proper time, place and obtain

the mudra from a sadguru. If one takes the mudra

himself or from any other unqualified person due

to greed or other reasons, he will go to hell along

with his guru.



This ritual is said to purify the body, cleanse one

from his past sins. Also, according to learned

opinion, this is said to have a positive effect on

the nervous system of a person.



Even Shri Vaishnavas have the custom of getting

stamped with heated mudrAs for getting initiated

into Vaishnavism. But this is required to be done

only once in life time.

Therefore, every person should undergo this

important and purifying Vaishnava Deeksha

without fail from their respective gurus.



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