Hand Gesture for Agni

November 13th, 2008 by Anjali


Agni is the Hindu god of Fire. He is the one of the presiding gods in the Vedas. It said that Agni along with indra (the lord of heaven) and surya ( the lord of skies) was considered the first trinity in Hinduism. In the later vedic period he became one of the Ashtadikpalas (gods representing eight directions). He is the lord of southeast direction. Agni is depicted as red, with two heads and seven hands and three legs. He is seen riding on a ram or a chariot driven by goats. His attributes are an axe, torch, prayer beads and a flaming spear.

With reference to dance, it is said

tripatako dakshinetuvamay kangulahastakaha
agni hastaha sa vigneyo natyashastra visharade

Agni devata is represented by the knowers of natya as holding left hand in Kangula hasta and the right hand in Tripataka hasta.

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  • 1 nigamaa Nov 15, 2008 at 3:24 am

    dear anjali,

    last week I watched a 23 DVDs set TV series called Vishnupurana, I have seen a few DVDs concerning Indra and gods, some with dance -but they do not go into such details as hastas. I guess its appropriate to quote from natya shastra for the benefit of many. Hopefully there are many chapters of natya shastra to follow.

    If one desires to know more about dance history in connection with Agni one need to read from chapter X below http://www.oneheartbooks.com/books/misc_titles/british_edda_waddell.htm

  • 2 Susan Mc Diarmid Apr 16, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Can you please help. Are there some more mudras/hand gestures relating to fire so we could perhaps tell a story in our dance?