[Advaita-l] Raja Mudra

sriram srirudra at vsnl.com
Mon Apr 18 11:24:17 CDT 2011

It is Kedharnath not Badrinath where Adi Sankara established mutt in the 
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From: "Venkata sriram P" <venkatasriramp at yahoo.in>
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Sent: Monday, April 18, 2011 12:35 PM
Subject: [Advaita-l] Raja Mudra

Dear Sunil,

Why don't you tell us more about the details of observing the "rAja mudrA"
of srImukha patra of the amnaya pitha ?

The raja mudra of all the 4 amnaya mutts is "hamsa". Though there are
several explanations to this mudra that depict the paramahamsa tattva of
muttadhipatis and their viveka & vairagya tattvas in analogous to the
neera-kshira nyaya of hamsa, it is not an ordinary logo / emblem that
people generally think.

The 4 amnayas represent 4 vedas, 4 mahavakyas of veda, 4 adhyayas of
Brahma Sutra. It is also interesting to note that for Brahmasutra,
there is also a short treatise by Sankara called "chatusutri" which
is a short commentary on 4 Sutras of BS.

Keeping in view of the above 4 aspects, Sankara established 4 mutts at
Sringeri, Puri, Badarinath & Dwaraka.

The rAjamudra of amnaya pitha is the symbolic representation of 
in the form of praNava and also the form of Brahma Sutra.

Nilakanta Dikshitar extols Divine Mother as
"chatur-adhyAyi rUpaM apara-brahma-mayaM kalahaMsa-vyanjanaM".

The "kala-hamsa" is of the form of chatur-adhyAyi rUpa (4 adhyayas of
brahmasutra) & apara-brahma-mayaM (praNava rUpa) that reiterates the
sutra "anAvritti sabdAt".

Keeping the above upAsana rahasya, the rAja mudra of Sringeri, Puri, Badari 
Dwaraka are designed in the form of "kala-hamsa".

So, we can't image a 5th veda, 5th mahAvAkya, 5th adhyAya of Brahma Sutra.

BTW, in Vyasa Puja Paddhati, a maNDala is drawn by Yatis of Dasanami 
during Chaturmasya and Bhagavan Krishna Dvaipayana is worshipped at the 

In the maNDala, krishna panchaka, vyAsa panchaka, sankara panchaka, dravida 
panchaka & guru panchaka are worshipped.

There is no mention of sarvajnAtma (the 1st head of Kanchi Mutt as per their 
in Sankara Panchaka of Vyasa Mandala during Chaturmasya Vrata.

A lot more discrepencies are found and as per the valid pramANAs, Kanchi is
not a pitha. However, Kumbakonam Mutt was the upapitha of Sringeri and they
acted as per the directions of Sringeri Acharyas. But due to some internal
conflicts, this upapitha declared independant and drafted it's own 

The traditional priets of Kamakoti Pitha ie., who perform the Navavarana 
in the Kamakshi Temple have reservations against this sampradaya even though
they respect Paramacharya.

I don't want to delve too deep into the controversies now as i have lost 
in vAda & prativAda. Currently my only passion involved is study of
Ramayana seriously.


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