Alam, the standard, is an important religious object used during the morning procession of Muharram. Such alams are made in different shapes. The ‘Panja’ or ‘protective hand’ shaped alam is considered the most sacred. Five fingers of the protective hand symbolize the last prophet Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH), Hazrat Fatima, Hazrat Ali, Hazrat Hasan and Hazrat Husain. This Punja alam is fully inscribed on both sides.