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By Swami Harshananda


Añjalihasta literally means ‘with folded hands’.

Sometimes transliterated as: Anjalihasta, AJjalihasta, Ayjalihasta

Several mudrās or hastas or poses of the hand are described in shastra. Each one of these indicates a particular feeling or sentiment. In the añjalihasta pose, the two hands of the image are folded leaving a hollow between them. The hands thus folded rest on the chest and are kept parallel to the ground. This pose indicates salutation.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore