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Mudras used in Hindu worship

The word Mudra is derived from the Sanskrit words Mud+Dhra, or bliss+dissolving – meaning that which dissolves duality and brings together the deity and the devotee. Mudras are gestures performed with the hands and are used to convey various feelings, or expressions or meanings. (Recently the the famous Australian cricketer Greg Chappell showed the notorious “middle finger mudra” to the Ganguly fans at Kolkata!!).

The use of the Mudras is quite common in the Hindu Poojas, Tantric worships, Yoga and also in Classical Indian dances. In Hindu iconography, the deities are often depicted with their hands making various Mudras – like the twin gestures of dispelling fears and granting boons. Various deities have several specific Mudras which are associated with them. They are used by the practitioner for various purposes – like activating the various nerve centers, to convey a feeling or to appease a deity etc.

Each finger represents one of the five elements—the thumb is agni (fire), the forefinger is vayu (air), the middle finger is akash (ether), the ring finger is prithvi (earth) and the little finger is jal (water).

Please note that in Natya Sastra (classical dance) and in Yoga also there are several similarly named Mudras which are at times quite different from the Pooja Mudras. For example the Yoni Mudra used in Yoga is totally different from the Yoni Mudra used in Pooja.

A lot of people want to know and use the Mudras during Pooja and Tantrik worship but do not know the correct ones. We are giving bellow 40 of the most commonly used Mudras in the various Poojas and Tantric worships so that those interested can learn them an practice. Click on each name to see the picture of the Mudra in a new window. These are the correct Mudras, but in some sects there are minor variations. Other pages of interest >The Shodasa (16) Upacharas in Pooja

Ankushamudra
Apanamudra
Avahanamudra
Bandhananamudra
Chaturashramudra
Dhenumudra
Gyanamudra
Kaulinimudra
Lelihanamudra
Matsyamudra
Mrugimudra
Mudgaramudra
Pranamudra
Ripujivhamudra
Samanamudra
Sammukhimudra
Sankalpamudra
Sannirudhamudra
Sannitapamudra
Sansthapanamudra
Sarvabeejamudra
Sarvakarshinimudra
Sarvakhecharimudra
Sarvamahankushamudra
Sarvasankshobhinimudra
Sarvavashankarimudra
Sarvavidravinimudra
Sarvonmadinimudra
Soubhagyadandinimudra
Stapanimudra
Suvruttamudra
Tarpanamudra
Tatwamudra
Trikhandaamudra
Udanamudra
Upasamharamudra
Vyanamudra
Yonimudra

Linga Mudra
Soorya Mudra

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