A myriad of meanings

Asamyuta Hasta (Asa§yuta), mudras done with one hand, include much more meanings than the both-hands mudras.

One gesture and meanings are quickly forthcoming. Is it an object, a direction, an action, a God?

We will need more than a list of meanings to recognize the proper one; context, other movements and the knowledge of mudras are essential to delimit a mudra’s sense. In the article below, 5 new Asamyuta Hasta will be explained: how to perform them and their main meanings.
Kartaramukha, Mayura, Ardhacandra, Aràla and Sukatunda will be a piece of cake for you !


The translation of the mudra called Kartarimukha can be “scissor-faced”.

It is quite easy to perform when you start with Ardhapatàka.

Your palm is up, the ring and little fingers are bent; the ring finger reaches out the thumb. The index and middle finger are separated.

The first meanings given to Kartaramukha are scissors and separation. kartarimukha
The other meanings are:

- Breakup between a husband and his wife
- Changes
- The trick
- The third eye
- Death
- Difference
- Thunder
- Sleep
- To fall
- Sympathy
- Side of the eye


Mayura means “peacock” and mostly represents the peacock’s neck.

MayuraAll fingers are straight except the ring finger which comes and touches the thumb.

The main meanings associated to Mayura are:

- A bird
- Forehead
- Hairstyling
- To show or to put Tilak (red dot in Hindus’ forehead)
- To wipe tears
- Vomiting
- Fame


Ardhacandra means “half-moon”.

Careful, you might have confusion with Patàka gesture, the first of our series. The only difference is that the thumb is no longer stuck to other fingers; thumb is extended.

The Ardhacandra gesture is used to express: 

- The half-moon ardhacandra
- Asphyxiate someone
- Meditate
- Show
- Pray
- Astonishment
- The waist
- Bangle
- Wrist
- Prayers
- Talk to ordinary people


This mudra can be translated by “bent”.

It is one of the Asamyuta Hasta, mudra with one hand, which has fewer meanings.
Do the Ardhacandra pose and just bend the index to realize Aràla pose.

The principal meanings of it are venom, amritha (eternity liquor), a strong wind and drinking poison.

øukatuõóa (Sukatunda)

Sukatunda gesture means “parrot beak” in English, but we can also find the translation of “parrot head”.

Beginning with Aràla pose, bend your little finger. sukatunda

Its meanings are:

- Shooting bows and arrows
- Remembering someone
- The spear
- The fight
- Mystery
- Ferocity
- A violent temper

In the next article, 5 new mudras will be described.

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