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In this video at 2:20, while reciting "Guru Bhrama,Guru vishnu...." He keeps his hands on head by forming a perticular Mudra. (Maybe it's not a mudra)

What is it? What's its significance? When do people do it?

As far as concerned, I can guess that 'guru' resides on the top of head, so it might be related with it.

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    It is called the Mrugi (or Mrigi) Mudra. Used to invoke the Gurudeva in the Sahsrara Chakra.I'm also taught to use it. – Rickross Feb 14 at 6:20
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As I have mentioned in the comment, I personally have been told to use the Mudra (shown in the video) while invoking my Guru before starting daily practice etc. I have been told it's called the Mrugi Mudra to be formed at the top of the head, the place the Guru is said to be situated.

I was able to find a reference from the article "shrIvidyA upAsanA tattva" hosted @Kamakotimandali:


The first qualification for a Upasaka to perform Pooja is obtaining Diksha from a competent Guru. the rite called Diksha is supposed to be destroying all the limiting factors of the individual self and facilitate his union with Shiva.

aIyate shivasAyujyaM kShIyate pAshabandhanam |
atha dIkSheti kathitaM budhaiH sacChAstravedibhiH ||

It is the Guru who, after testing the disciples competence, initiates him into the Upasana by teaching him the mantra, the Devata Swaroopa and the methods of performing the rituals. Though the Sadhaka begins initially with external rituals, he should rise to the level of performing Antaryaga as set out in Bhavanopanishad. The first step in Bahiryaga is the method of entering the room of worship. Next follows Tatva Achamana. This is a cleansing process carried out by ingesting drops of water four times or seven times, praying each time for the cleansing of the Anava, Mayika and Karmika Malas, which is accomplished by the usage of Bija mantras. This prepares the Sadhakas mental frame and sets it ready for the Jnana swaroopa to shine.

The next and the most important step is performing GuruPaduka Vandana. This involves paying one's respect to the lotus feet of the Guru. There is a special prescribed procedure for performing this. Guru's feet are supposed to be on the head of the Upasaka. Therefore, he has to worship with his hands locked in Mrigi Mudra, the sandals of the preceptor. This procedure calls for worshipping his own master (Guru), the Guru's Guru (Parama Guru) and his Guru (Parameshthi Guru). There are three separate mantras for each of these. The GuruPaduka mantras collectively connote the same concept as that of the Mahavakya Tatvamasi. Actually, these syllables are represented one each by the three Paduka mantras.

As per the article, it's done while performing the Guru Paduka Puja. Guru Paduka (Sandals of the Guru) has to be imagined to be situated at the top of the disciple's head. That's why the Mudra has to be shown/formed at the top of one's head.

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