Namasté or Namaskar is the internal sandhi between nama
and te) is aNepali and Indian
greeting as well as a gesture
. Namaskar is considereda slightly more formal version than Namaste but both
.It is commonly used in Nepal and India by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains andBuddhists, and many continue to use this outside the Indian subcontinent.In Indian and Nepali culture,
the word is spoken at the beginning ofwritten or verbal communication
: The word is
derived from Sanskrit (namas): to bow
, obeisance,reverential salutation,
and (te): "to you"
. Taken literally,
it means "Ibow to you"
slight bow made with hands pressed together, palmstouching and fingers pointed upwards, in front of the chest
. Thegesture can also be performed wordlessly and carry the same meaning.
: To greet another person a friend or acquaintance, to pay respectto an elder, a holy person or a temple deity.
: In Hindu view, Brahm dwells in the heart of each being as theindividual self. The joining of hands symbolizes the idea that in themeeting of two persons, the
Self actually meets Itself
Joining hands also symbolizes humility.
Thus when a Hindu joins his hands and says namaskar, he actually says inhumility, "I bow to God in you; I love you and I respect you, as there is noone like you."And humility is the greatest virtue taught by every religion.