Definition - What does Varada Mudra mean?
Varada Mudra is a sacred hand gesture or 'seal' practiced during meditation. Also known as favorable mudra, it is a gesture of granting wishes or mercy, often found in the depiction of Hindu Gods.
Follow these steps to practice Varada Mudra:
- Come to a stable sitting posture with an upright spine,
- Rest your hands on your knees.
- Turn the left palm to face forward and point the left fingers downwards.
Varada Mudra can be held for as long as feels comfortable, throughout a meditation.
Yogapedia explains Varada Mudra
Varada Mudra signifies compassion, charity and sincerity. It is symbolic of giving and forgiveness, and can often be found on statues of the Buddha or Hindu Gods. Varada Mudra is typically combined with another mudra in the right hand, such as the Abhaya Mudra.
This mudra embodies the connection between giving and forgiveness. Someone who gives will be forgiven, whilst someone who forgives will be richly blessed. Forgiveness is a challenging facet of human nature, but the open hand of this gesture encourages the art of forgiveness in the practitioner.