Pushpanjali to an Aikya Linga in Varanasi

Pushpanjali (Sanskrit:पुष्पाञ्जलि, literally folded hands full of flowers) is an offering of flowers to Hindu deities.

Pushpanjali is the offering of flowers to Hindu gods and goddesses. Pushpanjali is the combination of two words, pushpam and anjali. In Sanskrit, pushpam means flower and anjali means offering with folded hands.


Pushpanjali is also an invocatory dance conducted at the beginning of a Bharatnatyam performance.[1] It is the salutation to Lord Nataraja, the Guru, the musicians, and the audience.

The dancer holds flowers to offer prayers to the Trinity of Gods, goddesses, ashta dikpalakas, and scholars in dance.


  1. ^ Puthenedam, Radhika (25 July 2023). "RE-STATING BREATH, BODY, AND BEING: THE TRANSFORMATIVE SYNCRETIC OF DANCE AND YOGA IN CHANDRALEKHA'S PRANA". ShodhKosh: Journal of Visual and Performing Arts. 4 (2). doi:10.29121/shodhkosh.v4.i2.2023.305. ISSN 2582-7472.