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Hand gesture for Lord Kartikeya


Kartikeya is the second son of Shiva and Parvati. He is also known as Murugan, Shanmukhan, Skanda, Subramaniyam, Arumukhan, Velan and many more. He is regarded as the God of wars. He is known to have six heads so that he can counter all kinds of blows from all directions during a war. It also represents that he is in control or all five senses and the mind. He is seen carrying a spear in one hand and the other hand is always blessing the devotees. His vehicle is a peacock that is in grip of a serpent.

With reference to dance , Abhinayadarpanam states

vame kare trishulashcya shikharo dakshine kare
urdhvam gate shanmukhasya hastaha syaditi kiritaha

Kartikeya is dipicted by holding left hand in Trishula hasta and right hand in Shikhara hasta.


  1. Avi

    i am working on an art piece of the dancing shiva and am doing the understudy now. could you please reference me to the some detailed pictures of his hand gestures. the right posture in blessing and the left pointing to his foot.


  2. Anjali

    Check the Wikipedia. You will find the description of the posture you mentioned under the Nataraja heading.

  3. Bini

    Happy New Year !
    There is a typo error for :
    Kartikeya is dipicted by holding left hand in Trishula hasta and left hand in Shikhara hasta

    Both are said as left hand gestures..

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