Alapadma Hand Gesture (Mudra)

September 20th, 2007 by Anjali

Alapdma means “Fully Bloomed Lotus”. Here the fingers are held in such a manner as if to ask “why”. The little finger points up and thereafter the other fingers follow.

Alapadma Front

Alapadma Side

Alapadma is used to express the following:

  • A fully bloomed Lotus
  • To show fruits such as Apple
  • Circular movement
  • Bosom
  • A full Moon
  • Hair knot
  • Show Beauty
  • Separation from dear one
  • A Mirror
  • A Village
  • Cakravaka Bird
  • High Altitudes

This mudra is mainly used in Natta adavu, Visharu Adavu & Kuditamitta Adavu. It is one of the commonly used mudra in Nritta.

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  • 1 Paula Mulligan Jan 25, 2008 at 6:36 am

    I have a Buddha carving in which his hands are held in front of him, both index fingers pointing upwards, middle fingers touching, thumbs touching. Can you tell me the meaning of this mudra?

  • 2 Anjali Jan 25, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Hey Paula, frankly speaking I am not aware of such a kind of Mudra. But I came across a Buddha picture which has a mudra like you have mentioned. Just take a look at this link It also gives the meaning.

  • 3 Srishti Bhawal Apr 20, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Really good hand gestures and movements that are very helpful

  • 4 sandy Apr 11, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    i am a dancer iam learning dance i like dance very much