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Abhaya Mudra

4th July, 2024 Culture and Heritage

Abhaya Mudra

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Context

  • Rahul Gandhi, in his maiden address as Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, invoked the Abhaya Mudra.
  • This gesture, characterized by an open raised palm, traditionally signifies reassurance and freedom from fear.

Historical and Philosophical Foundations

  • Origin and Symbolism: The abhaya mudra finds roots across various religious and cultural traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam, and Christianity.
  • Universal Symbol: Depicted in the gestures of Lord Shiva, Guru Nanak, Jesus Christ, and revered figures across faiths, it embodies a shared message of courage and compassion.

MUDRAS OF BUDDHA: https://www.iasgyan.in/blogs/mudras-of-gautam-buddha

BUDDHIST-TERMINOLOGIES: https://www.iasgyan.in/blogs/buddhist-terminologies-important-for-upsc

PRACTICE QUESTION

Q. Consider the following statements regarding the Abhaya Mudra:

1.It is a gesture symbolizing reassurance and fearlessness.

2.The Abhaya Mudra is exclusively associated with Hindu deities.

3.In Buddhist tradition, the Abhaya Mudra is associated with the Buddha after his Enlightenment.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2, and 3

Answer: c)