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The Painted Lady Statue

The statue the villagers erect in the square to honor the Painted Lady is depicted with her hands in a Buddhist mudra i.e. a mudra is a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism.

The way her hands are shown means:

LeftVarada Mudrā: Charity, giving, compassion and sincerity
Karana Mudra or Abhaya Mudra: Removing obstacles such as sickness or negative thoughts; or
protection, peace, benevolence, and dispelling of fear

The gesture (on the statue’s right hand) shown is in between two gestures, the

Karana Mudrā

The Karana mudrā is the mudrā which expels demons and removes obstacles such as sickness or negative thoughts. It is made by raising the index and the little finger, and folding the other fingers. 

and the

Abhaya Mudrā

The Abhaya mudrā (“mudrā of no-fear”) represents protection, peace, benevolence, and dispelling of fear. In the Theravāda, it is usually made with the right hand raised to shoulder height, the arm bent and the palm facing outward with the fingers upright and joined and the left hand hanging down while standing

The statue’s left hand is show in

Varada Mudrā

The Varada mudrā (“favourable mudrā”) signifies offering, welcome, charity, giving, compassion and sincerity.

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