Hansapakshikaa Hand Gesture (Mudra)

February 1st, 2008 by Anjali

While your hands are in  Mrigashirsha mudra, bending your thumb along with the other fingers will lead to Hansapakshikaa.


It is used to denote the following :-

  • Swans wing
  • Number six
  • Construction of a bridge
  • Engraving with nails and covering

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  • 1 A Bharatnatyam dancer Feb 5, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Hi Anjali,

    As you know I visit your site regularly. Thanks for your regular posts, and also for maintaing the quality throughout.

    I have a suggestion to make regarding the hand gestures. For every mudra you are mentioning ways in which it can be used. Is it possible in addition to have a video demonstrating the corresponding shloka from the Abhinaya Darpan, and then giving the meanings for each word conveyed? What I mean is for eg. the Pataka Hasta Viniyoga – There could be a video demonstrating “Natyarambhe (beginning of dance), Varivahe (clouds), Vane (jungle)… ” etc. I think it will help visitors to this site understand exactly how to use the specific hand gesture.

    A Bharatnatyam dancer

  • 2 Anjali Feb 15, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Hi Sawita, thanks for this suggestion. I shall try doing something on these lines.

  • 3 Nalini Venkatesh Nov 4, 2011 at 4:06 am

    I think there is a mistake, you mean to say : While in the Mrigashirsha mudra the thumb is not bent along with the other fingers.

  • 4 Anjali Nov 4, 2011 at 5:50 am

    @Nalini, that is not what I meant. May be I should change the sentence. 🙂

  • 5 Angela Feb 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Anjali
    I am a Form 3 student and right now I am doing a dance journal on the different dance etc and your page really helped in doing my journal thanks very much.