His hands are crossed in the embracing gesture, and hold a diamond scepter in the right hand, a bell in the left hand. The diamond scepter, or the vajra, is an masculine implement used by Vajrayana practitioners to symbolize powerful and compassionate method. The bell represents the feminine principle of the ‘Perfection of Wisdom’ and emptiness.Together they symbolize the perfect union of method and wisdom. He wears a tiger skin around his waist meaning wrathful activities, and a garland made by fifty freshly served human head, representing purification of speech.
The hand gesture of an enlightened being symbolizes an activity such as teaching, granting, protection, etc. This gesture is call The Humkara Gesture, or Gesture of Victory Over the Three Worlds.