The icons of gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon, 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 with the fingers extended. It symbolises assurance of protection from fear and danger. It is but natural for mankind, with its fear of the unknown, to seek protection from the Divine and to believe in an appropriate response from It.
See also MUDRĀS.