Last updated on June 10th, 2021
Do you have many Buddha statues at home and have been wondering what the various gestures mean and where to place them right? Well, here’s a quick guide to all you’ve ever wanted to know about Buddha Hand Gestures and their correct placement in the home.
1. Abhaya Mudra
Abhaya Mudra, meaning the gesture of fearlessness is made with Buddha extending the palm of his right hand outward at the chest level or slightly higher. This gesture signifying the energy of protection and peace imparts a sense of inner security and happens to be a great Feng Shui addition to the home. The best place to keep Abhaya Mudra Buddha is at the main entrance of your home or the living room.
2. Dhyana Mudra
Dhyana Mudra as the name suggests is a gesture of meditation leading to unity with an energy higher than the self. In this gesture, with the triangle formed by the thumbs and the two hands touching, there’s a circling of energy that takes place that leads to cleansing of impurities giving a sense of peace and serenity. The best Feng Shui placement of this Hand Gesture is in your altar, meditation room or at the center of your home or study.
3. Namaskara Mudra
The Namaskara Mudra as the name suggests, is the gesture of greeting the divinity in another being with utmost respect and adoration. This greeting is expressed as a prayer coming from the heart. The best Feng Shui placement for a Buddha with this gesture is at the main entrance, dining or the living room or in your home office.
4. Bhumisparsa Buddha
This gesture translates as calling the earth to witness the truth. Buddha is said to have made this gesture when he was touching the earth, at the time when he reached enlightenment. The best Feng Shui placement for a Bhumisparsa Buddha Hand Gesture is at the center of your home, the main entrance or at the altar.
5. Varada Mudra
Expressing the energy of compassion and offering acceptance, this gesture is made with the left hand and is seen in conjunction with other gestures. This gesture, also called the boon granting gesture emits an energy that one might be seeking from an enlightened being. The best Feng Shui placement for a Buddha with the Varada hand gesture is the northwest Bagua area of your home or office.
6. Karana Mudra
Karana Mudra emits a powerful energy which wards off negative energy or evil. You need to be very careful about where you place this Buddha in your home. It definitely can’t be placed at the front door, the bedroom or a child’s room. It has to be placed in a problematic area of the house that needs strong cleansing. Like windows facing a low energy alley, for instance.
7. Vajrapadma Mudra
This is a gesture of unshakable confidence, emanating the energies of softness, kindness, radiance and healing. The best placement of the Vajrapadma Mudra Buddha is at the heart of the home, the living room or the main entrance.
8. Vitarka Mudra
Vitarka Mudra is a gesture that exudes the energy of teaching, an intellectual discussion or an argument. It signifies the imparting of a teaching with no words and that of knowledge without fear. The best Feng Shui placement of this Buddha is in your home office, library or study.
9. Dharmachakra Mudra
The Dharmachakra Mudra expresses the continuous flow of cosmic energy. In this gesture, Buddha is seen to have placed his hands at the heart level with the thumbs and the index fingers forming circles. This gesture is associated with Buddha’s first sermon about the cosmic order coming straight from his heart. The best Feng Shui placement of this Buddha is in your home office or the living room.
10. Uttarabodhi Mudra
This is the Mudra of supreme enlightenment and is formed with both the hands placed at the heart, the index fingers touching and pointing upwards and the other eight fingers intertwined. The best Feng Shui placement of the Buddha with the Uttarabodhi Mudra is in the north bagua areas of the home or office or at a high energy spot in the living room.