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Aarala Hand Gesture (Mudra)

It is done when the Index finger is bent while doing the Pataka Mudra. Here the index finger is bent along with the thumb, while the other fingers are held straight.


Lets look at the viniyoga shloka for Aarala:

Vishadhya-amruta paneshu prachanda pavanepicha.

It is used to denote the following.

  • Drinking poison , nectar etc
  • Violent wind


  1. Rashmi

    i hav learnt bharatnatyam for 2 yrs.. but had to leave it due to some personal problems… and cudnt continue later even…
    at today’s date, i remember nothing of the dance form except a few steps n mudras..
    came across ur site by chance… found it quite good..
    keep it updated 🙂
    hope i wil b able to dance again someday 🙂

  2. Riddhi Dave

    The shloka for the above viniyoga is-
    “Vishaadamruta paaneshu
    Prachanda pavanepicha”

    Thank you for this effort of yours…..

  3. Madhav Kamathmadhav

    Great effort and work. God bless you for this enlightening work.
    I am 75 years old and loved Bharat natyam from very young age. I
    Saw Kamala Laxman, Sudha Doraiswamy, Vasantsena Etc many times. Never understood the complexities. Thanks for such a lucid
    Explanation. Thanks, Madav

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