From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda


Añjalihasta literally means ‘with folded hands’.

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