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Why do Hindus say Namaste?

Hindus greet with two palms placed together in front of the chest and says namaste bowing the head and shoulders slightly. In Sanskrit, ‘namaste’ means ‘I bow to you.’ On the spiritual plane, it is a negation of one’s ego. Hindu religion believes that Brahman, the Supreme Soul, exists in all animate and inanimate. The folded palms placed before the chest symbolizes that the divinity in me and you are the same. The bowing down of the head and closing the eyes is worshipping the divinity in you.

Some Hindus prefer to use ‘Ram Ram’ instead of ‘namaste’ and this again is recognizing that the life force in me and you are the same. In the various regional languages in India, Namaste becomes ‘Namaskar,’ ‘Namaskaram,’and ‘Namaskara.’

Adi Kailash Om Parvat Yatra

Adi Kailash is one of the abodes of Lord Shiva in the Himalayas. The mountain also known as Chota Kailash is noted for a natural formation of the Sanskrit word Om from snow. Adi Kailash – altitude of 4,700 meters – is located in Pithoragarh District of Uttarakhand, India.

On the way to Adi Kailash, Yatris are greeted by the snow peaks of Annapurna, thick forests, KaliRiver, Ashrams, numerous waterfalls and the Parvati Taal. And then there are the innocent and affectionate locals of the region living in villages named after characters in Hindu Mythology and with stories that relate their villages to Hindu Epics.
The duration of the Yatra is 18 to 20 days and includes hazardous trek at high altitudes.
Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited, one of the official tourism boards of Uttarakhand, usually conducts the guided yatra.

Quotes on Lord Shiva - Lalleshwari

I lost you out of ignorant attachment to my body. Then I wasted my time searching high and low. Finally I found you within, O Shiva, then we united in Bliss. Only though the grace and compassion of Siddhanath could this have happened.When the mirror of my mind became clear, I realized the fundamental principle that resides in my relatives and others dear to me. And this non-dual knowledge completely destroyed all thoughts of 'you' and 'I'. I came to know that the entire world is not different from the divine.Lalleshwari – a 14th century poetess saint