Samayukta Hastas or Double Hand Gestures in Bharatanatyam

February 28th, 2008 by Anjali

Samyukta Hastas are also called as Double hand gestures or Combined hand gestures. Unlike Asamyukta hastas, these gestures require use of both the palms to convey the message or a particular meaning. For example the Anjali Mudra is a simple gesture where both the palms are joined to mean a Namskara or to imply salutations. I have also put some images of double hand gestures. Each gestures has its own uses which is termed as Viniyoga. I am writing a separate post on each of these mudras.

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Click through each of the mudras to read the explanation and pictures.

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  • 1 aashay Mar 27, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    your site is really very good for the students of bharatanatyam..
    please give more details with the vinyogas of all the asamyukta as well as smayukta hasta as i have to do a project .

  • 2 Anjali Mar 27, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks Aashay for your kind words. Stay tuned and I shall post them soon. Just wanted to know what is your project like ? and by when you need to submit it.

  • 3 Melissa Apr 3, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Hey! I am anxiosly waiting for the vinyogas as well!!!
    Warm regards

  • 4 Preeanka May 1, 2008 at 12:28 am

    hiya! ireally think your site is helpful!i think you should put the pictures for all of the samayukta hastas so i know what they all they all look like!

  • 5 Sheela May 23, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Hello! I visited this site just today for my daughter. I wanted her to be familiar with samyuktha hasthas before her teacher teaches them. This site is very informative. I will definitely encourage my daughter to go through the entire contents. She will be very excited. Thank you.

  • 6 Sheela May 23, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    I will be waiting for the last four pictures of the samyuktha hasthas. Hope you will upload them soon!

  • 7 Anjali May 23, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Thanks Sheela for your encouraging words. I shall post them soon. Good luck to your daughter as well.

  • 8 radha May 27, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    very good site, i studied dance 30 odd years back and was not taught much of theory.although i know the mudras and a large amount of usage, having danced and performed for over 15 yrs, i have recently been on the lookout for theory . I would really like to see more on the viniyoga of all mdras. u r really helping alot of people, thank you

  • 9 Anjali May 27, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Thanks a lot Radha. It feels nice to hear such words from experienced dancers like you. I feel I am blessed. Yes I am updating this site daily. I shall be posting all of them soon.

  • 10 MINI.SAJI.ABRAHAM Nov 19, 2008 at 7:09 pm


  • 11 DR NEELAM JINDAL Nov 20, 2008 at 11:04 am

    wonderful material…….an on line guru…..this is i must say……..wish all pics were available….

  • 12 Josyula Gayathri Devi Nov 29, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    hey iam actually very mad abt bharatanatyam.. which i couldnt continue because of my studies and all… but ur website was very helpful in knowing all the mudras… :) i saw all the mudras which u posted.. they were really helpful for me… :) nuthin else to say.. so bye.. and thank u… i want to learn bharatanatyam online.. if u can help me.. i ll be very glad…

  • 13 crissy Mar 10, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    please can you give us the avahitha in double hand gestures??
    thank you.

    Hi Cissy
    Avahita is when both the hands are crossed at the wrists (like Swastika) with the Alapadma hasta. I shall post it soon.

  • 14 Anila Jun 25, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Happy to see ur site.The description about the Mudras were very nice and helpful also .Thank you so much.

  • 15 preyia Nov 21, 2009 at 4:50 am

    really helpful for students, im learning bharatnatyam in fiji, found very hard to learn the hastas and i kinda fogot easily. but you have been a great help.. thank you

  • 16 Pradeepa Dec 20, 2009 at 10:17 am

    i like ur site..its very helpful to clear the doubts…can u show me the Utsanga mudra…..

  • 17 Anjali Dec 22, 2009 at 11:33 am

    @pradeepa, check this link

  • 18 simer Dec 23, 2009 at 9:48 am

    exelent woprk

  • 19 Janeeta Jan 23, 2010 at 4:38 am

    where can i find samyutha hastas meanings?

  • 20 Anjali Jan 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Janeeta, check this link

  • 21 sufin Feb 8, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    dear guru
    your page is too good
    though i am a student of dance by correspondence course
    i am learing a lot of help from your page
    your help is needed for me to complete my paper on dance and divinity
    if you can help me something it would be a great thing for me
    sufin francis

  • 22 Anjali Feb 8, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Sure Sufin, Let me know what contents you are looking for.

  • 23 anjali arora Jun 7, 2010 at 10:43 am

    nameste good to see ur site i m student of class 7th learning bharatanatyam in school was looking for my school home work of gir bhedas but i didnt can u pls help me i need images & details if u can i will b very greatful to u thanks

  • 24 Anju Jun 23, 2010 at 4:33 am

    Please suggest how the “Kamal Ghumana” (to turn around the lotus) is performed in bharatnatyam.

  • 25 Chandrika Jun 27, 2010 at 4:33 pm


    Your Website is very useful for kids learning Bharatanatyam. I will recommend this site to all my friends.


  • 26 Anjali Jun 27, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks chandrika

  • 27 balakrishna Aug 14, 2010 at 12:46 am

    very good very useful also

  • 28 DANESHA DHIVYA Aug 27, 2010 at 6:45 am


  • 29 Preethi Sep 26, 2010 at 10:27 pm

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    i love dance so much, but due to my parents i cldnt learn dance, nw iam married n learing dance thru ur site thank u so much. Thanks a lot Mam

  • 30 Madhavi Dec 8, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    your site is too very good for the students of bharatanatyam.. thank you so much for doing this..

  • 31 harshini Jan 12, 2011 at 8:50 am

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  • 32 Mily Apr 1, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Please can you do a video on the hand gestures.

  • 33 Rina May 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    This is a great site to learn Bharatanatyam…The pictures and links for the samayukta hastas helped me so much! You are a big help to the students of Bharatanatyam, Thanks so much.

  • 34 avanishah Jun 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    i like your site. can you give the meaning of asamyukta hasta and smayukta hastas.

  • 35 dinesh kumar Jul 8, 2011 at 1:13 am

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  • 36 srijita Jul 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    best website for bharatnatyam

  • 37 shikha Aug 24, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Your site has helped me to understand what i was not able to understand in class as they talk in kannada and i don’t know the language.. please keep posting the basics and thank u for the help.

  • 38 Reshma Ramanathan Sep 15, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Iwould like to know more about Avahitta or Awahitam what is its correct speeling and the defnition for this Samythahasta called avahitta

  • 39 Anjali Sep 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

    @Reshma, When writing in English there is nothing write or wrong as far as proper nouns are concerned. Any of the above spelling are ok. And its not Samytha but Samyukta hasta.

  • 40 sakthi .. Sep 20, 2011 at 1:36 am

    This is a great site to learn Bharatanatyam…The pictures and links for the samayukta hastas helped so much students , You are a big help to the students of Bharatanatyam, . thank you so much for doing this.

  • 41 akhila Sep 20, 2011 at 2:01 am

    it is very good to remember my mudras .thank u for that thank u so much………………………..i like ur site its very helpfull for that

  • 42 divya Sep 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    hi this helped me very much and u should put pictures no ofense

  • 43 Devayani Nov 8, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Please upload the remaining samyuktam images as well.It is great learning.Thanks for this

  • 44 Meghana Dec 26, 2011 at 7:20 am

    I am happy that i got the website.I am very interested in learnig mudras but i could not.Now by this website I can learn it.Thanks.

  • 45 Rohini Jan 1, 2012 at 1:16 am

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  • 47 arna Jan 22, 2012 at 8:47 pm

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    I live in Ohio
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  • 51 Veena B Raj Feb 19, 2012 at 3:51 am

    it is very good to remember mudras… .thanks a lot….i like ur site its very helpfull….

  • 52 lakshmi Mar 14, 2012 at 8:37 am

    your site is so cool and helping everybody a lot. thank you very much for your kind and patience. could you please put all your asamyukta hastas and samyukta hastas in picture everybody can get printouts.
    thanks a lot.

  • 53 ashwini Mar 14, 2012 at 9:25 am

    very good for students studying bharatnatyam

  • 54 Raadika Mar 18, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Hi Anjali,

    I like this website very much
    I’ve learn t a lot from your website.

  • 55 meena Mar 18, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Hi Anjali,
    It is really a verrrrrry good website.
    I have learnt my mudras and hastas quickly.
    I have also learnt your steps.
    Now i opened a dance class.
    Thanks for helping.

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  • 57 dinesh Mar 27, 2012 at 3:25 am

    very nice

  • 58 ashwini Mar 27, 2012 at 9:18 am

    thanks Anjali ! your site is very very helpful! i have learnt a lot in this site.

  • 59 Harrish May 10, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Please send some photos of Dhyana Sloga (Salutaion).

  • 60 vismaad kaur Jul 21, 2012 at 2:12 am

    your site was a good one. it helped me a lot. thankyou

  • 61 bhavna a deshpande Aug 17, 2012 at 7:44 am

    good information

  • 62 vokytoky Aug 24, 2012 at 3:28 am

    i really thank for your site . I was every thing should be learn about dance . Actually very halp to me of your site . THANKS A LOT .

  • 63 Deepa Nov 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I am using my daughter’s email right now.
    I love your website, my daughter always go here for questions that she had. She also has dance class, so she uses this so she could understand and learn new things as well

  • 64 Anjali Nov 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    @Deepa, Thank you. Good to know your daughter is able to learn from here. That shows her interest to do more. I wish her good luck.

  • 65 Berangere Jan 28, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Hello and thank you for your website which is really interesting.

    I live in France and I am interested in Mûdras.
    Therefore, I would have like to know the meaning of the hand position where index fingers are upward and middle fingers adjoin.
    Here is an example:

    Thanks a lot for your help. Warm regards.

  • 66 Milan Apr 19, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Some of the pics for the hastas are not there…:(

  • 67 Anjali Apr 21, 2013 at 10:45 am

    @Milan, Which Hastas are you talking about. Can you name them

  • 68 Milan Jun 10, 2013 at 2:20 am

    It’s for the Utsanga,Garuda,Nagabandha,Khatava,Bairunda and Avahitta…

  • 69 archana Jun 15, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    i liked it a lot . its very good . my daughter is learning dance but she dont know them . thanks thanks a lot anjali.

  • 70 unnikrishnan Oct 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

    spred our culture

  • 71 I am not allowed to tell Nov 4, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Can u please show all the mudras……..u did not show some of them…… will I learn? Tomorrow is my dance exam! Why r there even dance exams! …………

  • 72 Dakshata Paneri Mar 19, 2014 at 4:42 am

    thanks madam for teaching me samayukta mudras in a simple & defined way. These lessons are very helpful for bharatnatyam lovers.

  • 73 maanya Apr 19, 2014 at 8:27 am

    i like this so much i would like learn from this this is wonderfful

  • 74 sneha babu Jul 4, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    dear mam
    i am a dancer exprienced 14 yrs can i please know where is utsanga

  • 75 bhavana.kamuri Jul 29, 2014 at 7:25 am

    I am really thankful to you mam for teaching
    me the samyukta hastas in such a clear way
    that every one can understand. I really learnt
    samyukta hastas just in 5 minutes.

  • 76 mnaswini Aug 6, 2014 at 6:03 am

    a very good site for learning bharatanatyam.

  • 77 pradeep Sep 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I really love it ………. i actually attend a different class ………it helped me learn many new guestures which I did not know ……………it is actually very helpful

  • 78 anju Feb 22, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    thanks for this site teacher : )

  • 79 anonymous Apr 12, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Very nice . Can u teach adavus ?

  • 80 Hannah Jun 3, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    What about utsanga

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  • 83 atmakaya frank peschanel Jul 24, 2015 at 3:31 am


    Thank you for running this page.

    Let me first give me a few words about me:
    My work (including teaching “Meditation – Dhyana in the education of Yoga Teachers,close with Patanjali)
    led me into mudras, including living (in motion)
    led me to ever deeper connection with mudras and asana-mudra-gestures. And with the living forms, which you can witness e.g. in Balinese Dance.

    You have a treasure ! on your page. There are so few who look at the combined and complex energies !

    What I find utmost important is to also practise
    the combinations of
    mudra – mantra – attention with the god.

    There are so many such mudras …. and your research obviously makes them available, with names, and energy

    Can you do more of this ?

    From now on I shall include your website on my new materials, as an important indicator to our purposeful enegy worlds.

    If you like, you are most welcome tocome in tuchwith me !

    Thank You
    and all the best wishes


  • 84 Kirthana Aug 4, 2015 at 8:25 am

    thank you very much it helped me a lot to create a folder for my bharathanatyam exam.

  • 85 sharvari Oct 26, 2015 at 3:46 am

    it is very usefull…thanks for this page