Palmistry in India has a history going back thousands of years. It is also known as hasta rekha. There are more than one major systems in use based on ancient writings. The most popular school is known as samudrika sastra, based on the writings of Samudra. A popular school in the south of India is sariraka sastra based on the writings of Kartikeya. This system is also known as skanda system.
Followers of sariraka sastra claim that this system is the oldest and most authentic, and that samudrika sastra has been diluted and simplified from the original teachings. Sariraka sastra places great emphasis on the rekhas or the lines on the palm. Up to 153 are recognized. In addition, the life line, or the atma rekha or rohini, is read from the base of the palm moving upwards.
As I have a background from Lal Kitab, I was surprised to know that the Lal Kitab is one of the best books on Indian Palmistry and must be studies by every Palmistry student. Also, this is the only book I know which establishes an excellent link between Astrology and Palmistry.