Mudras are a non-verbal mode of communication and self-expression,
consisting of hand gestures and finger-postures. Mudras are symbolic sign
based finger patterns taking the place, but retaining the efficacy of the spoken
word, and are used to evoke in the mind ideas symbolizing divine powers or the
deities themselves. The composition of a mudra is based on certain movements
of the fingers; in other words, mudras constitute a highly stylized form of body or
hand language. A mudra is an external expression of ‘inner resolve’, suggesting
that such non-verbal communications are more powerful than the spoken word.