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Alapadma Hand Gesture (Mudra)

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

Viniyoga Shlokam

Vikachabjay kapithyadi falay cha Avarthakay kujay

virahay mukuray poorna chandray saudarya bhavanay 

dhamillay chandrashalyaam gramay chodhrutakopayoho

tataakakay shakatay chakravakay kalakalaravay shlaghanay

solapadmascha kirtitoh bharatagamay

Alapadma is used to express the following:

  • Vikachabjay: A fully bloomed Lotus
  • kapithyadi falay: To show fruits such as Apple
  • Avarthakay: Circular movement
  • kujay: Bosom
  • virahay: Separation from dear one
  • mukuray: A Mirror
  • poorna chandray : Full moon
  • saudarya bhavanay : Show Beauty
  • dhamillay : Hair tied into a bun
  • chandrashalyaam: Moon House
  • gramay: A Village
  • chodhrutakopayoho: Anger
  • tataakakay : A lake
  • shakatay: A cart
  • chakravakay: Cakravaka Bird
  • kalakalaravay: Chirping Birds
  • shlaghanay: To praise or Eulogy

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


  1. Paula Mulligan

    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?

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