Namaskar is the most popular form of greeting in India. It is a general salutation and is used as a welcome as also a farewell. Namaskar also means ‘I bow to thee’. The palms are placed together and raised to touch the forehead, the site of the Third Eye. Together, the hands symbolise the One Mind, or the self meeting the Self, the right hand representing the holy, or higher nature, and the left, the worldly, or lower nature. Another term used for this greeting is namaste. Namaste may have originated in the ancient times as a showing of hands to prove that no arms were being carried.

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