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Prambanan: A Rishi (Sage) with the Vitāraka Mudra Gesture

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A Rishi (Sage) with the Vitāraka Mudra Gesture
The image shows a bas-relief carved on walls of one of the temples in Prambanan located 11 miles northeast of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Seated with the Vitāraka Mudra gesture is a rishi, a sage in Hinduism. In Sanskrit, mudra refers to a hand gesture. In this gesture, the right-hand palm faces outwards, and the tips of the thumb and index finger touch to make a circle while the other three fingers point upwards. This mudra represents teaching and debate. As you can see from the image, rishi’s mouth is open, which means he is teaching or debating.

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