The Nayaka Bhava
Just like the heroines, the moods and emotions of the hero are also classified into different divisions. The main division is
- Dheerodaatta eg. Lord Rama
- Dheeroddhata eg. Demon Ravana
- Dheeralalita eg. Vatsaraaja
- Dheerashanta eg. Buddha
The other classification is
Pati – Married & faithful to his wife.
Upapati – Married but in love with another woman.
Vaisika – One who pays & enjoys women.
Further Nayaka classifications
Anukoola – Faithful to the Woman. eg. Lord Rama
Dakshina – Loves all his wives or women. eg. Arjuna
Drishta – When rejected, pleads to be accepted by his woman. eg. Vaali
Shatha – The deceitful one. eg. Lord Krishna
Most of the ashtanayika bhavas are experienced by the Nayaka also though the depiction of ashtanayika is more than the nayaka.
Nayaka’s Companion plays an important role too.This companion is categorized as