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PATAKA HASTA ('Flag')


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Sarpa-shirsha (“serpent head”)

Sarpa-sirsa (snake-head): the middle of the Pataka hand is hollowed. Hold your hand raised, fingers together and palm facing forward. Bend your fingers slightly, rounding them in and cupping the hand to form the shape of a snake hood.

According to another book: same definition. This hand is derived from Vishnu, who showed it when he offered to protect the Devas against Bali, and promised to put him down.

Its sage is Vasava (Indra),

its colour turmeric, yellow

its race is Deva,

its patron deity is Shiva.

PATAKA HASTA ('Flag')


PATAKA HASTA ('Flag')

Viniyogas (Meanings)

  1.      Chandana (“sandal paste”);
  2.     Bhujaga (“snake”);
  3.     Mandra (“low pitch”);
  4.     Prokshana (“sprinkling”);
  5.     Poshana (“nourishing”);
  6.     Devasya-udakadhaneshu (“offering water to God”);
  7.     Gaja-kumbhayoh Aspahala (“flapping of elephant ears”);
  8.     Mallanam Bhujasthana (“wrestlers arms”).

Additional usages denote:

  1.     rouge,
  2.     mud,
  3.     doing pranayama,
  4.     washing the face,
  5.     charity,
  6.     fondling,
  7.     milk,
  8.     saffron flower,
  9.     bashfulness,
  10.     concealing a child,
  11.     image or idol,
  12.     clinging,
  13.     saying ‘very true’,
  14.     holding the breasts of women.


PATAKA HASTA ('Flag')

Single-hand (asamyukta hasta) gestures or Mudras of Indian Dance



 


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