Varadamudra, aka: Varada-mudra, Varadamudrā; 5 Definition(s)

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Varadamudra means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Pancaratra (worship of Nārāyaṇa)

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Varada Mudra (“The Gesture of Generosity”):—This mudra indicates that God is the personification of generosity—He showers grace and mercy on all alike without requiring anything in return. It also serves to remind us to cultivate the practice of generosity in our own lives and to always be the source of happiness to other sentient beings.

Source: SriMatham: Vaiṣṇava Iconology based on Pañcarātra Āgama
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Pancaratra (पाञ्चरात्र, pāñcarātra) represents a tradition of Hinduism where Narayana is revered and worshipped. Closeley related to Vaishnavism, the Pancaratra literature includes various Agamas and tantras incorporating many Vaishnava philosophies.

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

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Varadamudrā (वरदमुद्रा) is a Sanskrit word referring to “the gesture of granting boons”. The term mudrā translates to “hand seal”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Śilpa-śāstra

Varada(-mudra)—The left hand, with the fingers pointing downwards, points toward the believer with an open palm, indicating that the god is prepared to grant a wish or bestow a blessing.

Source: Google Books: The Book of Hindu Imagery: Gods, Manifestations and Their Meaning
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Varada Mudra — the gesture of generosity — the palm displayed, fingers pointing downwards. This indicates the benevolence of the deity as well as the teaching of the principle of generosity to all beings.

Source: Srimatham: Hindu Iconology

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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This mudra symbolizes charity, compassion and boon-granting. It is the mudra of the accomplishment of the wish to devote oneself to human salvation. It is nearly always made with the left hand, and can be made with the arm hanging naturally at the side of the body, the palm of the open hand facing forward, and the fingers extended.

The five extended fingers in this mudra symbolize the following five perfections:

  • Generosity
  • Morality
  • Patience
  • Effort
  • Meditative concentration

This mudra is rarely used alone, but usually in combination with another made with the right hand, often the Abhaya mudra (described below). This combination of Abhaya and Varada mudras is called Segan Semui-in or Yogan Semui-in in Japan.

Source: Exotic India: Mudras of the Great Buddha

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