Janana means intelligence or right judgment or the wisdom. When the deity is seen when the tips of the thumb and the index finger together, forming a circle, and the hand is held with the palm inward toward the heart. In another variant tip of the thumb and index finger forming the circle is kept on the lap. In yet another variant tip of thumb and index finger is touching together. There is one more variant where the thumb and the finger is joined and place the hands on the knees, with the palms downwards.
Here, the index finger is represented as the ego and thumb is associated with the fire God. When the thumb and index finger forms the circle means the ego can be burnt with the association with fire. Little finger, ring finger and biggest finger represent the body, mind and soul respectively. It implies that we should give least importance to the body, more to the mind and the most to the Soul.
Jnana Mudra is performed by the people to get the following benefits:
- To realize the importance of body, mind and soul and their relativeness with each other.
- To ease down the nervous tension from the body
- To improve memory
- To cure Insomnia
- To develop creativity
- To attain mental peace
- To regulate the flow of air in the body