NAMASTE or NAMASKAR is a simple gesture of respectful greetings accompanied by folding palms together before the face or chest and done with a slight bowing especially to greet someone special. It can also be used while arrival or departure. Namaste by notion, transfers the divinity (soul) residing within a person to the other resulting in a mutual soothing benefits devoid of any ego or shallow pride within. In other words, Namaste or Namaskar is a form of paying obeisance by connecting two souls which has a larger implication than connecting two bodies. The word ‘Namaskar’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘Namah’ which literally indicates the expression - “You are superior to me in all qualities and in every way”. We should ideally Say ‘Namaskar’ when we greet someone and not Namaste. Namaskar has more deeper connection than the word Namaste. Namaskar means greeting a Soul (source of all) while Namaste means greeting the form that is covering the Soul. That is the reason when a person addresses large audience he greets them as Namaskar while when he greets a single person he says Namaste. Though we can use Namaskar even to greet single person.
SIGNIFICANCE OF CHARAN SPARSH.
“Feet” are considered as the foundation of one’s body and touching our elders’ feet has always been a mark of respect - an age old practice in Indian tradition. It’s also a sign of our ego getting toned down (subdued) and also respecting their age, wisdom and knowledge. As a result, they bless us with all the luck and happiness in the world which indeed creates positivity around us.
It all started from the epic, Mahabharata, where Yudhisthira touched his elders’ feet to seek blessings before the war. Touching feet is commonly known as “Padasparshan” in Sanskrit and “Charan Sparsh” in Hindi.
Author - Aparna Bharadwaj
Lord Ganesha - the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune is probably the most favorite gods for any Hindu. He is revered so much so that one seeks his prior blessing before commencing any important task, ceremony, special occasions, project etc. Ganesha is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and is known by 108 different names and few of the other popular names are VINAKAYA, EKADANTA, GAJANANDA, GANAPATI, BALCHANDRA etc.
The most important functions related to Lord Ganesha is the 10 days festival of GANESH CHATURTHI which is celebrated in the honor of ord Ganesha’s birthday. The festival is celebrated with great pomp and fervor in most parts of the country but more so in the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Andhra –Telangana, Odisha and Karnataka. . The Ganeshotsav festivities begin on Ganesh Chaturthi and end after 10 days on Anant Chaturdashi, also known as the day of Ganesh Visarjan. On this day, devotees immerse idol of Lord Ganesha in a water body close by signifying his return to Mount Kailasha to his parents Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva.
15 REASONS WHY YOGA IS BETTER THAN GYMING
There is always a lot of conflict of thoughts between Yoga and Gyming as to which one is better. It would be fair to state that both the practices involve strict physical regime with an objective to keep healty and fit.
However, when compared in real sense, Yoga definitely scores much better than Gyming as the former makes you a better person both physically and mentaly. Furthermore, Yoga is possibly the only ancient form of regime that considers all the elements of nature and can be practices by any person irrespective of age or gender.