Shirobhanja, Śirobhañja, Shiras-bhanja: 1 definition

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Shirobhanja means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Śirobhañja can be transliterated into English as Sirobhanja or Shirobhanja, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Śirobhañja (शिरोभञ्ज, “breaking of the neck ”) represents the sixth stage of the action of poison (viṣa) after drinking it, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 26. It is also known as grivābhaṅga. In a dramatic play, the representation of death from drinking poison is displayed by throwing out of hands and feet and other limbs. The power of the poison will lead to the quivering action of the different parts of the body.

Śirobhañja according to the Nāṭyaśāstra: “breaking of the neck (śirobhañja) should be represented by the shoulder touching the cheek and the lowering of the head”.

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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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