Sarpashirsha, aka: Sarpa-shirsha, Sarpaśīrṣa; 1 Definition(s)

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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One of the Twenty-eight Single Hands (hasta):—Sarpa-śīrṣa (snake-head): the middle of the Patāka hand ishollowed. Usage: sandal-paste, snake, slowness, sprinkling,cherishing, etc., giving water to gods and sages, the flappingof elephants' ears, massage of wrestlers.

According to another book: same definition. This hand isderived from Vishnu, who showed it when he offered to protectthe Devas against Bali, and promised to put him down. Itssage is Vāsava (Indra), its colour turmeric, its race Deva, itspatron deity Śiva. Usage: rouge (kuṅkuma), mud, prāṇāyama, washing the face, occasion of charity, sandal paste, elephant, ashort man, massage of wrestler’s shoulders, fondling, milk, water, saffron, bashfulness, concealing a child, image, drinking water,clinging (līna), saying “Very true”, Brāhmaṇa caste, turmericcolour, saying “It is proper”, answering, sprinkhng sandalpowder, appljdng sandal paste, etc., holding the breasts, etc. ofwomen.

Note: To indicate prāṇāyama the sarpa-śīrṣa hand is held upon the bridge of the nose, precisely as in the daily ritual of regulated breathing.

Source: archive.org: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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