Why do we join hands while praying or greeting or even when we apologise? What are the origin and significance of this practice? enter image description here


In Sanskrit the word is namah + te = namaste which means “I bow to you” - my greetings, salutations or prostration to you. The word ‘namaha’ can also be literally interpreted as "na ma" (not mine). It has a spiritual significance of negating or reducing one's ego in the presence of another. In Kannada, it is called Namaskara and Namaskaragalu; in Tamil, Kumpiṭu; in Telugu, Dandamu, Dandaalu, Namaskaralu and Pranamamu; in Bengali, Nōmōshkar and Prōnäm; and in Assamese, Nômôskar.


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    Welcome To Hinduism SE! ,You should cite sources. – SwiftPushkar Aug 16 '16 at 16:03
  • ma does not mean mine. na mama means not mine. ma has a different unrelated meaning in Sanskrit. – user1195 Aug 17 '16 at 2:33
  • Thank for the meaning of the word,But I want particularly the reason for such practice and origin of it. – Ganesh Aug 17 '16 at 14:49

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