Khecarimudra, aka: Khecari-mudra, Khecarīmudrā; 3 Definition(s)


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Alternative spellings of this word include Khecharimudra.

In Hinduism

Yoga (school of philosophy)

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Khecarīmudrā (खेचरीमुद्रा):—In Śaivism, Khecarī is a specific type of etheric Yoginī, and a mudrā or mantra (vidyā) is named after the deiy or deities with which it is associated. Thus the Khecarīmudrā (written as a compound) of Śaivism can be both “the mudrā of Khecarī/the Khecarīs” (understood as a tatpuruṣa compound) and “the moving in the ether mudrā” (as a karmadhāraya [compound]). In the texts of haṭhayoga there are very few traces of the tantric Yoginī cult, Khecarī has an adjectival rather than substantive force and Khecarī mudrā (often written as two words) has only the latter meaning. Thus Ballāla understands Khecarīmudrā to be so called because it causes the tongue to move in the hollow above the uvula.

Source: Google Books: The Khecarividya of Adinatha

Khecarīmudrā (खेचरीमुद्रा).—Khecarīmudrā is the yogic process of drinking the nectar from the sahasrāra. The khecari-mudrā, is performed to stop the nectar of immortality (amrta or in Tamil, Kāyapāl), dripping away through the ‘tooth’ or the ‘palate centre (talu-cakra or uvula, known as the ‘royal tooth’), by turning the tongue back inside the palate and enter in the cavity leading into the skull.

To consume the nectar the practitioner have to turn his tongue back above the palate in order to drink the nectar of immortality dripping from the thousand petalled lotus at the crown (sahasrāra). the practice of turning the tongue back above the palate is known as the khecarī-mudrā in Haṭha-yōga

Source: DSpace at Pondicherry: Siddha Cult in Tamilnadu (yoga)
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Yoga is originally considered a branch of Hindu philosophy (astika), but both ancient and modern Yoga combine the physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga teaches various physical techniques also known as āsanas (postures), used for various purposes (eg., meditation, contemplation, relaxation).

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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khēcarīmudrā (खेचरीमुद्रा).—f An attitude of the Yogi.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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