The Five Mouth Positions

The five mouth positions are considered from within the oral cavity itself. The back of the mouth as it narrows to form the throat, is called the guttural position (kanthya): this is associated with the vowel a. Moving towards the front of the mouth, next is the palatal position (talavya) used by the vowel i; this is followed by the cerebral position (murdhanya) used by r, and the teeth (dantya) used by 1, and finally the two lips (osthya) used by u. The compound vowels make use of two mouth positions: e and ai use both guttural and palatal (kanthatalavya), and o and au use guttural and labial (kanthosthya).

kanthya

talavya

murdhanya

dantya

osthya

guttural

palatal

cerebral

dental

labial

a

i

r

1

u

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  • algiso
    What are the 5 mouth positions in sanskrit?
    2 years ago

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