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Gada Mudra Worn By Devotees Of Lord Vishnu

Gada mudra is the body markings worn by Lord Vishnu devotees. The body markings are applied with gopichandana or a ball of yellow clay. The clay is rubbed on the palm of the left hand with water to form a watery paste and then applied. The paste is applied curved or straight lines moving upwards (rarely downwards).

Gada mudra is worn one on the left side of the stomach, one on the left side of the chest, one on the left shoulder, one on the left side of the neck, one on the forehead.

In total five mudras are associated with Gada mudra. The benefit of wearing it is that it enables a person to destroy ignorance.

Adopting mudra is not mere convention. These markings ward off sins and make a the devotee pure for subsequent rituals and meditations. The religious significance of mudras are explained in Krishnamrita Maharnava, Sadachara Smriti and Tantrasara (samagraha) of Madhvacharya.

Some mudras are only followed by the Madhwa school – followers of Madhvacharya.