Katakaa Hand Gesture (Mudra)

April 16th, 2008 1 Comment

While in the Simhamukha hand gesture, the Middle finger and the ring finger is bent to form an arch. Also the thumb is slightly bent. Thus a “C” shape is formed with the Middle finger, Ring finger and the thumb. The other fingers are Erect. This Hasta can be used to denote: A Bracelet Holding […]

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Ardhasuchi Hand Gesture (Mudra)

April 15th, 2008 5 Comments

If in the Kapitta gesture, the Index finger is kept straight and the thumb is slightly moved up, we get Ardhasuchi hand gesture. lets take a look at the Viniyoga shloka of Ardhasuchi Ankure pakshishavaade bruhatkite niyujyate It says that Ardhasuchi is used to denote Sprouts Chicks or small ones of the birds Big Worms

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Vyagraha Hand Gesture (Mudra)

April 15th, 2008 No Comments

When the hands are held like paws of a tiger we get Vyaagraha Hasta. Lets take a look at the Viniyoga Shloka (uses) vyadhe bheke markatecha suktau sanyujyate karaha Shloka says that such a gesture is used to denote A Tiger A frog An Ape Nacre. Nacre is crystalline aragonite or calcium carbonate. Shellfish and […]

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Simhamukha Hand Gesture (Mudra)

March 25th, 2008 No Comments

When the middle finger and the ring finger press against the thumb, while the other fingers are held straight we get the Simhamukha Hasta. Simhamukha means Lion -faced. In the Hindu Mythology lord Narashimha Murthy (an incarnation of Vishnu) has the face of a Lion. He is Known as the “Great Protector” of his Devotees […]

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Trishula Hand Gesture (Mudra)

March 21st, 2008 2 Comments

In Sanskrit ‘Tri’ means three and ‘Shula’ means a spear. Thus Trishula is a kind of spear with Three sharp points rather than one. It is one of the popular symbols of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is called also as ‘Trishula Dhara’ ie one who holds the Trishula. When the Thumb and the little finger […]

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Mukula Hand Gesture (Mudra)

March 17th, 2008 1 Comment

Mukula means a Bud. When all the five finger are brought together and touch each other at the tip, we get the Mukula hasta. Lets see what the viniyaga shloka has to say : kumude bhojane panchabane mudradidharane nabhao cha kadalipushpe yujyate mukulah karaha This sloka talks about the various uses of Mukula. It can […]

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Hamsasye Hand Gesture (Mudra)

March 8th, 2008 1 Comment

In Hamsasye the Thumb and the Index finger touch each other at the tips, while the other fingers are straight, separated and stretched. Hamsasye means a Swan’s Beak. Lets take a look at the viniyoga shloka (uses) of this Mudra. Shloka is as follows mangalye sutrabandhe cha upadesha vinishchaye romanche mouktikadau cha deepavartiprasarane nishkashe mallikadau […]

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Sandamsha Hand gesture (Mudra)

March 3rd, 2008 1 Comment

Sandamsha involves closing and opening of fingers. It means all the finger get closer touching each other at the tip and then open up separating. Lets study the viniyogas Samdamsha hasta : Sandamsha means a Pincer. (It is also called as Chimta or Pakkad in some parts of India) A belly Offerings made to deities […]

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Asamyukta Hasta or Single Hand Gesture

January 3rd, 2008 124 Comments

Asamyukta hastas are done using single hand. The Natyshastra mentions about 28 Mudras ie upto Trishula Mudra. There are four new mudra added to this list ie Kataka, Vyagraha, Ardhasuchi and Palli. These Hand Gestures are a Part of Angika Abhinaya. I shall be explaining each of these Mudras with reference to the shlokas of […]

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