The Mirror of Gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

by Ananda Coomaraswamy | 1917 | 16,981 words | ISBN-13: 9788121500210

This is the English translation of the Abhinaya-darpana by Nandikeshvara: an encyclopedic manual of the art of gesticulation. It belongs to a wide range of literature known as Natya-shastra: the ancient Indian art of dramatic performance, theatrics, dance and music. The Abhinaya Darpana is an abridgement of the Bharatarnava, a much larger exposit...

Chapter 18 - Hands denoting Nine Planets

Hands that indicate the Nine Planets (nava graha).

Sūrya: Solapadma and Kapittha hands held on the shoulders.

Candra: left hand Solapadma, right hand Patāka.

Aṅgārakha: left hand Sūci, right hand Muṣṭi.

Budha: left hand Muṣṭi askew, right hand Patāka.

Bṛhaspati: Śikhara with both hands, as if holding the sacred thread.

Śukra: Muṣṭi with both hands, the left raised, the right downwards.

Śanaiscara: left hand Sarpa-śīrṣa, right hand Triśūla.

Rahu: left hand Sarpa-śīrṣa, right hand Sūci.

Ketu: left hand Sūci, right hand Ardha-patāka.

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