Is Tapta Mudra Dharana Avaidika?

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Tue Jul 25 01:24:04 CDT 2000

On Thu, 20 Jul 2000, N.S.M.Ramkumar wrote:

> Namaskaram,
> In Madhva sampradya there is Tapta Mudra Dharana(a kind of baptism and which
> also needs to be renewed atleast once in an year). Madhvas quote lots
> Shruti,Smriti and Puranas in its support and also claim that who has not
> undergone Mudra dharana is unfit to perform Shrouta/Smarta karmas.
> On the otherhand, Smarthas say that this is not so.
> What is the correct position on this? Is the Mudra Dharana Vaidika or
> Avaidika? Can a smartha have Mudra Dharana? I want to be enlightened by
> learned members of the group.
> Regards,
> Ramkumar

I haven't seen an answer to this yet and I am not familiar with this rite
so I'd like to know too.  It doesn't sound like any Vedic rite I know.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at>

bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam

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