From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Trataka, TrATaka, Traataka

Trāṭaka is the fifth of the ṣaṭkarmas.[1] It consists in gazing at any small object without winking until tears begin to flow. This practice is supposed to confer clairvoyant powers apart from curing all eye diseases.[2]


  1. It is the six hathayogic practices meant to purify the body.
  2. Gheranda Samhitā 1.53, 54
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore