Puranic encyclopaedia

by Vettam Mani | 1975 | 609,556 words | ISBN-10: 0842608222

This page describes the Story of Ashtavidhanayika included the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani that was translated into English in 1975. The Puranas have for centuries profoundly influenced Indian life and Culture and are defined by their characteristic features (panca-lakshana, literally, ‘the five characteristics of a Purana’).

Story of Aṣṭavidhanāyikā

Eight kinds of heroines of the stage:


Fit to be a counterpart in a love scene and play the role of one who is always fondled by her husband.

Vāsakasajjikā (Vāsakasajjā).

Adorning herself well and waiting for her lover in a well decorated bedroom.


Exhausted by the sorrow of separation from her lover.


Cheated by her lover after fixing a date and a rendezvous.


Angered at the arrival of the husband in the early hours of the morning with suspicion about his character.


Repenting after having arrogantly disobeyed her husband.


One who has gone weak and moody thinking about her husband in a foreign place.


One who approaches her husband with great passion. (Nāṭyakrama).

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