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20. ALAPADMA (Sola-padma, Ala-pallava, Chakravaka) ( “opened lotus”)

20. ALAPADMA
(Sola-padma, Ala-pallava, Chakravaka)
( “opened lotus”)

 It is noted in the "Natya Sastra" as Ala-pallava.

Sola-padma (full-blown lotus) (or Ala-padma): all the fingers are separated, turned about the little finger. It is the twentieth of the twenty-eight hand gestures as described in the "Abhinaya Darpana" ("Mirror of Gestures"). Technique: Turn your palm to face upward and stretch all fingers keeping them separated and extended. Turn your little finger toward your palm and fan out the rest of the fingers evenly away from the little finger.
          Application: Primarily used to express emotional states. 

Alapadma Mudra is allusion to Shri Krishna stealing butter and milk as a young child.

Its rishi (sage) is Vasanta (Spring season personified),

it is associated with Gandharvas (Lunar phases as celestial musians),

its colour is dusky,

and its devata (patron deity) is Surya (the Sun or the Full Moon).

Benefits:

    Stimulates all five fingers and therefore activates all Five Elements in the body,
    improves circulation and benefits the heart,
    boosts vitality and
    energizes body and mind.

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Viniyogas (Meanings)

  1.     Poorna-chandra (“full moon”);
  2.     Chandra-shala (“moon pavilion”);
  3.     Tataka (“pond” or “lake”);
  4.     Vikasa-abja (“A fully bloomed lotus”);
  5.     Kapittha-diphala (“wood apple”);
  6.     Aavarthaka (“circular movement”);
  7.     Kucha (“breast”);
  8.     Viraha (“yearning to the beloved”);
  9.     Mukura (“mirror”);
  10.     Swondarya-bhavana (“beautiful form”);
  11.     Dhamilla (“hair-knot”);
  12.     Grama (“village”);
  13.     Udruthakopa (“great anger”); 
  14.     Shakata (“cart”);
  15.     Chakravaka (“type of bird”);
  16.     Kala-kalarava (“murmuring sound”);
  17.     Slagana (“praise”).


Additional usages are

  1.       fresh ghee,
  2.     sweets,
  3.     head,
  4.     crown,
  5.     braided hair,
  6.     cluster of flowers,
  7.     ball,
  8.     dancing,
  9.     fort,
  10.     palace, and
  11.     sweetness.

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Single-hand (asamyukta hasta) gestures or Mudras of Indian Dance



 


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