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why do Indian’s join both palms together to Greet ?

  • Namaste (Namas + te, Devanagari : नमः + ते = नमस्ते) is derived from Sanskrit and is a combination of the word “Namaa” and the enclitic 2nd person singular pronoun “te“.
  • Nama means ‘bow’, ‘obeisance’, ‘reverential salutation’ or ‘adoration’ and te means ‘to you’ (dative case of ‘you’). Therefore, Namaste literally means “bow to you” translated as “I bow to you”.
  • Normally when you say Namaskar to anybody, you press both your palms together with all the fingers pointing upwards in front of your chest. At the same time, you also bow your head slightly, looking at the person you are saying Namaste to.
  • When it’s a person greeting Namaste to another person of a higher status, this gesture will get intensified. To indicate genuine and deep respect for the other person, you place the hands in front of the forehead.
  • Another theory associates the Namaste greeting with a particular mudra or posture in yoga.
  • We know that shaking hands transfers more germ, thus in this there is no germs since we don’t make any physical contact.
  • But there is also another scientific reason behind this where we know that the palm which plays a major role in Bharatha Natiyam, Kathakali and Kuchipudi where we have the mudra’s which represents the five fingers as the five elements where vanakkan/namaskar is one of the mudra known as Anjali mudra which is used to increase peace and self-confidence in a person if practiced. It is said that the five fingers are the five form energies (Water, Fire, Air, Sky and Earth). So when we bring our hands/palm together touching the corresponding fingers the five energies get neutralized which is the best way in gesturing and welcoming a person as a friend.