Hand gesture for Lord Kartikeya

October 29th, 2008 by Anjali


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.

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  • 1 Avi Mar 21, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    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 Mar 24, 2009 at 10:38 am

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

  • 3 Madhana raghavan Sep 3, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    What are the other hasthas that we can use to depict muruga? what hastha is used to depict the rooster flag?

  • 4 Bini Jan 1, 2012 at 11:56 am

    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..

  • 5 santhi Feb 20, 2015 at 7:03 pm


    pls check you have written both hastha as left hand

  • 6 Anjali Feb 20, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    @shanti, thanks I have made the corrections.