Themes: Aaradyha

Maintained by It's only an avatar...Mary Evans
Aaradyha (Pronounced Aradia - meaning Wisdom in Hindu) is a three column Moodle theme built specifically with RTL (right to left) languages in mind.
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Aaradyha (Pronounced Aradia - meaning Wisdom in Hindu) is a three column Moodle theme built specifically with RTL (right to left) languages in mind. The pagelayout is based on Matthew James Taylor's Perfect Holy Grail (percentage) Layout, and works pretty well in Internet Explorer 7, for those who are forced to use the older browser. This is not to say there will not be any display issues with IE7, as I am sure there undoubtedly will be.

Aaradyha is built on Base theme, which means that any future CSS updates, in Base theme, will be picked up automatically by this theme, with the exception of pagelayout.css. This is because of the specific layout of this theme, that it was necessary to EXCLUDE base theme's pagelayout.css.  That said, it is not envisaged that the layout for this theme will alter, but if it does, then you will need to update to a newer version of Aaradyha from the Moodle plugins Directory at

You will be pleased to learn that Aaradyha has a Custom settings page where you can change the look of the header and footer and also add custom CSS. This means you can add background images to your header and footer using CSS, and also add a logo directly into the header, and/or the footer, at the same time, as well as add some text.

If you want to use a specific font-family, or change font-size and colour, you can do all that too by adding the CSS rules for these changes. Of course you will need to know a fair bit about CSS, but if you don't, then help is always at hand in the Moodle Themes forum.

Last but not the least, you can now add a custom menu in the Custom settings page of Aaradyha. This means that were you to duplicate this theme to use as a course theme, you could in effect have different menus in different situations.  All very new and exciting! So all the places where you can allow theme changes by course, category, or user you have the potential to change the menu for all these duplicate themes in all of those pages. Cloning a theme is advanced themeing for those wanting the challenge.

Credits - My special thanks go to:

  • Dietmar Wagner for all his help and especially for making me a little program so that I could experiment with different layouts for this theme. He also helped me fix many of the page layout problems.

  • Nadav Kavalerchik for all the RTL CSS fixes in Base theme and this theme, known to Nadav as Base-RTL.


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  • Picture of Dietmar Wagner
    Thu, Jun 28, 2012, 11:59 PM
    Great theme again, Mary.
    One tiny issue:
    $string['mastheaddesc'] = 'Whatever you add to this textarea will be displayed in the header(!!!) of every page. You can add images and text using the HTML editor.';
  • Picture of Melody Rafflesia
    Sun, Sep 16, 2012, 5:54 AM
    just download it
  • My picture
    Mon, Oct 8, 2012, 7:17 PM
    Nice theme, Mary.
  • Germán and Temudgin
    Mon, Nov 26, 2012, 4:56 AM
    Hi Mary,

    Nice theme.

    One minor bug: the English language string [mastheaddesc,theme_aaradyha] "Whatever you add to this textarea will be displayed in the footer of every page. You can add images and text using the HTML editor."

    should have "header" instead of "footer" (I think), as the description for footer is already present in another string.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    ps: I tried this theme in a 2.4dev local server and I got some very odd behaviour when I tried local language strings modifications. I remain perplexed. Will you make this theme available for Moodle 2.4 branch soon?
  • It's only an avatar...
    Mon, Nov 26, 2012, 6:41 AM
    Yes I know that is a 'bug' which is fixed in the GITHUB version.

    What problems did you get?
  • Germán and Temudgin
    Fri, Nov 30, 2012, 1:47 AM
    Hi Mary,
    I found some English strings appearing within the Aaradyha theme settings that were not available for local language modifications nor in AMOS (strings for translation to other languages) for the theme, but they turned out to be very recently introduced English strings within Moodle 2.4dev core that I had not seen the day before (as my local server was 2 days old). When I translated the new core strings in AMOS, and updated my server code, the theme settings were translated perfectly. Silly old me smile

    This theme seems to be working perfectly in 2.4dev. Thanks.

    The mexican spanish translation of this theme is working now smile
  • It's only an avatar...
    Fri, Nov 30, 2012, 10:53 AM
    Oh so pleased you got this theme working as you want it.
    Thank you for letting me know all is well.
    Kind regards
  • Picture of james aco
    Wed, Apr 2, 2014, 3:36 PM
    Hello, how to get rid from the overflow (scrollbar) and to able the content wrapping according to the browser size -
  • Picture of james aco
    Thu, Apr 3, 2014, 6:38 PM
    Hello Marie,
    in my .css
    .pagelayout-admin #page-content #region-main .region-content,
    .pagelayout-report #page-content #region-main .region-content {overflow:hidden;}

    .pagelayout-admin #page-content #region-main,
    .pagelayout-report #page-content #region-main,
    .pagelayout-admin #page-content #region-main .region-content .no-overflow,
    .pagelayout-report #page-content #region-main .region-content .no-overflow {overflow:hidden;}

    so its hidden and deleting did not affect the theme
    Thank you
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