This mudra literally means “gesture of touching the earth”
Portrays the Buddha taking the earth as witness
Symbol that the temptations of Mara had failed to divert the Buddha from his resolve
Describes the moment in life of Gautama Buddha when, armed with his resolve to remain seated under the Bodhi tree until he has solved the problem of the cessation of suffering, he took the earth as testimony that no temptation has thwarted him from his purpose.
Typical of the representation of the historical Buddha – Buddha seated in the lotus position, the right hand touching the ground with the finger tips near the right knee, all the fingers extended, or only with the tip of the forefinger, while the left hand rests, palm upwards, in the hollow of the thighs.