By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Abhayahasta, abhayamudra, Abhayahasta, abhayamudrA, Abhayahasta, abhayamudraa
Abhayamudrā and abhayahasta literally mean ‘hand pose indicating protection from fear.’
The murty-s of gods and goddesses , whether they are of the aspects of the Supreme or of the minor deities presiding over various powers of the cosmos, often display this pose. Usually the right hand is shown raised exhibiting the palm and the fingers extended. It symbolizes assurance of protection from fear and danger. It is natural for mankind with its fear of the unknown to seek protection from the Divine and believe in an appropriate response from It.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore