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Samudrika Shastra (Hindi:सामुद्रिक शास्त्र), part of the Vedic tradition, is the study of face reading, aura reading, and whole body analysis. Samudrika Shastra is a Sanskrit term that translates roughly as "knowledge of body features." Often used in Vedic astrology, as it is related to astrology and palmistry (Hast-samudrika), as well as phrenology (kapal-samudrik) and face reading (physiognomy, mukh-samudrik).[1][2][3] It is also one of the themes incorporated into the ancient Hindu text, the Garuda Purana.[4]

This tradition assumes that every natural or acquired bodily mark encodes its owner's psychology and destiny. Elevation, depression, elongation, diminution, and other marks become relevant. There are five main types of human elements in terms of the Samudrika: Agni, Vayu, Jal, Akash and Prithvi. Traditional stories in India thus abound with descriptions of rare auspicious markings found on the bodies of memorable people. Legends about the Rama and Krishna Avatars, Gautama the Buddha, and Mahavira the Tirthankara conform to this tradition.

Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains share this ancient Samudrika Shastra tradition. Fragments of it pop up in other cultures as well. Phrenology and face reading evoke its principles. Sheldon's typology of body forms, ectomorph, mesomorph, and endomorph (called somatotypes) also mimics the ancient Samudrika Shastra's impulse.


  1. ^ Introduction: Physiognomy(samudrik shashtra
  2. ^ Modern Asian studies, Volume 41. Cambridge University Press. 2007. p. 504. 
  3. ^ Hart de Fouw; Robert Svoboda (2003). Light on Life: An Introduction to the Astrology of India. Lotus Press. ISBN 0-940985-69-1. 
  4. ^ Dr.Vishnulok Bihari Srivastava (2009). Dictionary Of Indology. Pustak Mahal. p. 67. ISBN 81-223-1084-2. 
  • Hast samudrika shastra: the Indian science of hand reading, by K. C. Sen. D.B. Taraporevala Sons, 1965.
  • Samudrik Shastra, by C. M. Srivastava. Manoj Publications, 2004. ISBN 81-8133-066-8.

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Daily Bhaskar (press release) (registration) (blog)

Daily Bhaskar (press release) (registration) (blog)
Sat, 07 Feb 2015 08:04:47 -0800

New Delhi: According to Samudrika Shastra, just by looking at someone's teeth, one can easily know about their temperament and character. Here we are telling you about different teeth forms and the related nature of the person. Let's start with number ...

रिलीजन भास्कर

रिलीजन भास्कर
Thu, 10 Dec 2015 11:33:04 -0800

समुद्र शास्त्र के अनुसार, किसी भी व्यक्ति के पैरों के तलवे देखकर उसके स्वभाव, चरित्र, भूत, भविष्य व वर्तमान के बारे में काफी कुछ जाना जा सकता है। तलवे की बनावट के साथ उस पर बने चिह्न भी ...

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रिलीजन भास्कर
Sun, 06 Dec 2015 11:36:17 -0800

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Divya Marathi

Divya Marathi
Mon, 07 Dec 2015 19:22:30 -0800

मनुष्याचे शरीर इतर प्राण्यांच्या तुलनेत जास्त संवेदनशील असते. याच कारणामुळे भविष्यात घडणार्‍या घटनांचे संकेत आपले शरीर आपल्याला देत असते. समुद्र शास्त्रानुसार शरीराचे अवयव ...

Oneindia Hindi

Oneindia Hindi
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 01:45:24 -0700

भगवान ने प्रत्येक मनुष्य का शरीर अलग बनाया है। प्रत्येक इंसान के चेहरा अलग होता है। उसकी कद-काठी भिन्न होती है। यहां तक की उनकी त्वचा का रंग भी अलग होता है। किसी की त्वचा का रंग काला होता ...

Divya Marathi

Divya Marathi
Tue, 26 May 2015 12:30:00 -0700

एखाद्या गोर्‍या रंगाच्या महिलेच्या चेहर्‍यावर काळा तीळ असेल तर तिचे सौंदर्य अधिकच खुलून दिसते. असे म्हटले जाते, की गोर्‍या चेहर्‍यावर काळा तीळ असल्यास कोणाचीही वाईट नजर लागत नाही.

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