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Navagraha Hastas

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Navagraha Hastas

Nava means “Nine” and Graha means “Planet” and hence the navagraha hastas represent the nine planets in the mudras of bharatanatyam. According to the Hindu puranas the nine planets are Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Pluto and Neptune.
Soorya (Sun)
Hold the Alapadma hasta on your left hand held raised abve the head and the Kapitha hasta on your right hand held at centre of chest level.
This hasta is used to show Sun.
Chandra (Moon)
Hold the Alapadma hasta on your left hand held at chest level and Pataka hasta on your right hand held at chest level.
This hasta is used to show Moon
Khuja (Mars)
Hold the Suchi hasta on your left hand held at chest level and the Mushti hasta on your right hand held at chest level.
This hasta is used to show Mars.
Bhuda (Mercury)
Hold the Mushti hasta on your left hand held at chest level and the Pataka hasta on your right hand held chest level.
This hasta is used to show Mercury.
Guru (Jupiter)
Hold the Shikhara hasta on both your hands.
This hasta is used to show Jupiter.
Shukra (Venus)
Hold the Mushti hasta on both your hands at chest level.
This hasta is used to show Venus.
Shani (Saturn)
Hold the Shikhara Hasta on your left hand held at natyaramha level and Trishula hasta on your right hand held at natyarambha level.
This hasta is used to show Saturn.
Rahu (Pluto)
Hold the sarpashirshahasta on your left hand and the suchi hasta on your right hand both held at chest level.
This hasta is used to show Pluto.
Ketu (Neptune)
Hold the Suchi hasta on your left handand the Pataka Hasta on your right hand both held at chest level.
This hasta is used to show Neptune.

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Bhandu Hastas

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The relation ship between family members can also be expressed in the mudras of bharatanatyam. A few of them is described here:
Husband and Wife
Hold the Shikhara hasta on your left hand at the natyarambha level and the Mrigashirsha hasta on your right hand held at natyarambha level.
This hasta is used to show the husband and wife in bharatanatyam
Mother
Hold the Ardhachandra hasta on your left hand at the natyarambha level and the Mukula hasta to Alapadma Hasta on your right hand held at stomach level.
This hasta is used to show Mother.
Father
Hold the Mukula hasta to Alapadma Hasta on your left hand at the stomach level and the Shikara Hasta on your right hand held at natyarambha level.
This hasta is used to show Father.
Son
Hold the Shikara Hasta on your left hand at the natyarambha level and the Mukula hasta to Alapadma Hasta on your right hand held at stomach level.
This hasta is used to show Son.
Daughter
Hold the Mukula hasta to Alapadma Hasta hasta on your left hand at the stomach level and the Ardhachandra on your right hand held at natyarambha level.
This hasta is used to show Daughter.
Mother in-law
Hold the Ardhachandra hasta on your left hand at the natyarambha level and the Hamsasya hasta on your right hand held facing centre of the throat or Mukula hasta to Alapadma Hasta at the stomach level.
This hasta is used to show Mother in-law.
Father in-law
Hold the Hamsasya hasta on your left hand held facing centre of the throat and the Shikara Hasta on your right hand held at natyarambha level.
This hasta is used to show Father in-law.