Hasta (unit)

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The hasta (Sanskrit: हस्त (hásta); Chinese: (pinyin: zhǒu)) is a traditional Indian unit of length, measured from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger. It equals 24 aṅgulas orᅠ about 18 inches,[1] about 45 centimetres.

400 hastas make one nalva.

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  1. ^ Sanskrit-English Dictionary by Monier-Williams, (c) 1899