Session 15- Asamyutha hastas and their meaning

We have learned the Asamyutha Hastas in session 8. Each of these hastas /their names have a meaning. We are going to study the meaning of these hastas in today’s session. It may be necessary to have a look at the chart provided earlier to see how the gesture actually denotes the meaning.

 

Hasta

Meaning

Pathakam

Flag/creeper

Tripathakam

3 parts of a flag/

Ardhapathakam

2 parts of a flag/

Kartarimukham

Scissors/ Tongs

Mayuram

Peacock

Ardhachandran

Half Moon

Aralam

Petal/ bent

Shukathundam

Parrot’s beak

Mushti

Fist

Shikaram

The pinnacle/ top

Kapitam

Wood apple

Katakamukham

bracelet/link

soochi

needle

Chandrakala

Full moon

Padmakosam

Lotus Bud

Sarpasirsham

Hood of Cobra

Mrigaseerisham

Deer’s head

Simhamukham

Lion’s face

Kangulam

 small bell

Alapadmam

Fully Bloomed Lotus

Chaturam

4 sides, square

Bramharam

Bee

Hamsasyam

Swan’s bill

Hamsapakshakam

The swan

Sandamsham

Tongs/twinkle

Mukulam

bud

Tamarachooda

rooster

Trishoolam

Trident

It should be noted that each of these hastas can be used to show various thoughts, actions, ideas and things. Those become the usage or Viniyoga of a Hasta. These Viniyogas are mentioned in Natyasashtra shlokas that will be dealth with at a later time..
For adavanced Learners
While learning the steps in itself it would help to know a few other terms with reference to hastas.
Hasta Pracahara:denotes the facing of the palms. It would at present help to learn the following terms
  • Uttana-Palm upterned or facing ceiling/skywards
  • Adhomukha-facing the floor
  • Unmukha-Palm facing oneself
  • Paran Mukha-Palm facing away from one self.

We will now proceed with the Mardhita adavu in the next session. Did you know that there are other ways/terms to refer to this adavu? Try finding them out and check with us in the next session to see if you came up with the right answers. But before we start on to Mardhita please check to see if you are able to execute all the 8 Tatadavus and Naatadavus with proficiency.

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