There were traditioanlly 24 Mudras; 24 diagnostic elements, the Gayatri mantra has 24 words, the Jains have 24 Tirthankaras, Sanatan Dharma has 24 avatars. http://www.lifepositive.com/spirit/traditional-paths/rituals/mudra.asp Cologne Sanskrit Dictionary mudra mfn. joyous , glad ({A}). f. see {mudrA} below. 2 mudrA f. (fr. {mudra} see above) a seal or any instrument used for sealing or stamping , a seal-ring , signet-ring (cf. {aGguli-m-}) any ring type for printing or instrument for lithographing L. ; the stamp or impression made by a seal &c. ; any stamp or print or mark or impression a stamped coin , piece of money , rupee , cash , medal an image , sign , badge , token (esp. a token or mark of divine attributes impressed upon the body authorization , a pass , passport (as given by a seal shutting , closing (as of the eyes or lips gen. or comp.) a lock , stopper a mystery N. of partic. positions or intertwinings of the fingers (24 in number , commonly practised in religious worship , and supposed to possess an occult meaning and magical efficacy a partic. branch of education (reckoning by the fingers) parched or fried grain (as used in the Sakta or Tantrik ceremonial (in rhet.) the natural expression of things by words , calling things by their right names (in music) a dance accordant with tradition Cologne Snaskrit Dictionary

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