Namaste (/ˈnʌməst/,[1] Devanagari: नमस्ते), sometimes called namaskar and namaskaram, is a customary Hindu[2][3][4] non-contact manner of respectfully greeting and honoring a person or group, used at any time of day.[5] It is found on the Indian subcontinent, and among the Nepalese and Indian diaspora. 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 mudrā; the standing posture incorporating it is pranamasana.[6]

Pressing hands together with a smile to greet namaste – a common cultural gesture in India

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