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Hand gesture for Indra


Indra is said to be the king of Gods. He is more often known as the god of thunder storms, wielding a celestial weapon, The Vajra, a lighting bolt. Indra is described as reddish in complexion with two or four hands. He is the son of the Sky god and the mother earth, Prithvi. It seems he was born fully grown. He is married to Indrani. He rides on a white elephant called the Airavata. In some stories it is said that when Shiva sent his men to find a head to revive Ganesha. They could find nobody except Airavata sleeping facing the north and thus brought his head for Ganesha. He said to preside over the swargaloka or the heavens which his kingdom. No sorrow or fear was allowed in his kingdom. Apsaras and the gandharvas danced and entertained his attendants.

Abhinayadarpanam states

tripatakscha swastikascha shkrhastaha prakirtita

Indra is represented with tripataka in both hands crossed at the wrists like swastika.


  1. nigamaa

    Anjali, thank you for giving chances to comment. To me hastas
    In general are an application in the realm of rasa theory. Here is an university dissertation for public download at
    which gives authorised background on rasa theory and guides students how to apply it to art as literature and drama in order to prove this could be applicable to other fields too, i.g. music. Maybe more dissertations need to be written to understand this better? To me, Indra is of special interest to the history of dance. I found the late researcher L A Waddell in 1930 had written much about Indra and Urvasi aka Adam and Eve in his giant composition of Edda, the source of Veda, available in bookform. Personally I love rasa in modern music forms, like this from Kerala

    If u have ? u can pm me, too.

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