Translation of Maata Annapoorna shloka

Vidyasankar Sundaresan vsundaresan at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 15 20:53:33 CDT 1999

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM> wrote:

>Oh giver of the gift of fearlessness!
>(?) I'm not sure I've got that right.  Those who know Her are never

kara = hand.

In the iconography of 4 armed deities, generally, one hand is held with the
palm pointing downwards, which is the varada mudraa, and another hand is
held with the palm facing up, which is the abhaya mudraa. One can see this
in images of Vishnu, Ganapati, Skanda, Devi etc. So, varaabhayakarii means
one who grants boons and assures fearlessness to devotees.


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