Namaste

  • Sep 28, 2021
Namaste
Namas te
Namaste is derived from Sanskrit and is combination of Namas te
namaḥ means 'bow'
te means'to you'
 
Originated in Sanskrit, it literally means ‘I bow to you’,
 
Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest. This gesture is called añjali mudra
the standing posture incorporating it is pranamasana.
 
However añjali mudra differs from Namaste in few ways which are as follows:
The Anjali mudra differs from Namaste by being a non-verbal gesture, while Namaste can be said with or without any gesture.
Another difference is The back of the thumbs in Anjali mudra face the chest and are perpendicular to other fingers, while the thumbs in Namaskara mudra are aligned with the other fingers.
 
Namaste also have meaningful reference from Vedas – 
Rigveda 8.75.10,Atharvaveda verse 6.13.2, Taittirya Samhita 2.6.11.2.
 
In Hinduism, it also has a spiritual import reflecting the belief that "the divine and self (atman, soul) is same in you and me", and connotes "I bow to the divine in you".
 
Namaste is a customary, non-contact form of respectfully greeting and honoring the opposite person or group, used at any time of day.
 
Namaste is also called Namaskaram or Namaskar
 
Namaste vary with in the diversity of India from Namaste in Hindi speaking North India to Namaskaramulu in Telegu, while Namaskara or Namaskaragalu in Kannada. 
Tamilians prefer Vanakkam and Malayali’s say Namaskaram. 
In East Indian states it is called Nomoshkar in Bengali and Nomoskar in Assamese. 
 
Not just Hindus, but Sikhs also greet everyone by folding their hands, however, their greeting is called ‘Sat Sri Akal’. 
Alternatively, people also use other similar forms called – Pranam, Ram-Ram, Sita-Ram, Radhey-Radhey, Jai Jinedra and Assalam Walekum and many more. 
They all mean the same as Namaste – acknowledging the person before any conversation or transaction beings.
 
Hence we say
 
Namaste to you.