Hindu Culture
Namaste

Namaste is the most popular Hindu greeting, performed by pressing the two hands together and holding them near the heart with the hands together and holding them near the heart with the head gently bowed as one says "Namaste". The gesture of holding both hands together is called the Anjala Mudra. There is a great symbolism behind this greeting. Both hands depict a duality like the Yin and Yang or positive and negative forces, and bringing the hands together to a Hindu affirms the singleness or Advaita in the world. The whole act communicates, "You and I are one. I salute, honour and worship the God within you." It also means, "I prostrate myself before you who is the mirror-image of me, with body, mind and soul".

In Sanskrit, the word Namaste means, "to bow in reverential salutation." It means "to you". So Namaste in a nutshell means, "I bow to you". This greeting makes a Hindu remind himself that God is everywhere and in every human being we meet anywhere at any time.