Namaste, also expressed as Namaskar or Namaskaram, is the customary way to greet members in the Hindu community of South Asia. It is similar to ‘hello’ or ‘goodbye’ in the English language. It is used for greeting, acknowledging and welcoming a relative, guest or stranger.
According to scriptures, Namaste is one of the five forms of traditional formal greetings that are mentioned in the Vedas. It is used to pay homage or show respect to another person.
Namaste is said along with a slight bow and placing both the hands together palm to palm near the chest, with the fingers facing to the sky.
In Sanskrit the word is namah (meaning to bow) + te (meaning you) literally means “I bow to you”.