Khamma Ghani is like hello in Rajasthani. You reply it with Ghani Khamma
Khamaghani and its significance
The expression of khamaghani, the rajasthani way of greeting, is said to be as old as The Mewar Empire itself. Meaning ‘many greetings’ in the local dialect it is accompanied by the gesture of folding hands in front of chest and a bent at the waist. In the days of Maharajas, the expression was used to greet the royalties as well as friends. It still holds an important place in the heart of locals and they prefer it over Namaste, which is more common in the other parts of the country. The word Khamaghani itself is made of two words; Khama meaning greetings and Ghani refers to the great intensities with which the greetings are offered. No one is sure about the history behind this phrase or how it came into being, but it is believed that the word has its origin in the early Mewar Empire. The Empire of Mewar extends from Beawar in the east to Barmer in the west. From Nagpur in the north to Jalor in the south.
• What is Khamaghani?
Khamaghani is the rajasthani way of greeting the guests. It is the gesture of folding the hands in front of chest and saying the word Khamaghani out loud accompanied by a bow thru a bend at the waist.
• Where is its origin?
The origin of the phrase Khamaghani is not so certain nor how this phrase came into being, but it is believed that the word has its origin in early Mewar Empire in the early 15th century and from there on it just became the preferred way of greeting friends and family for the people off Mewar and also the neighboring empires of Rajputana, Marwar, Jaipur, Amber etc.
• What is the difference between Khamaghani and Namaste?
Although both the phrase means the same and convey the same regards, they are different in their open sense. Khamaghani is believed to be more royal and more respectable style of greeting over traditional Namaste.
• Why does one bow low whole saying Khamaghani?
When someone says Khamaghani, he is giving respect to the other person. As they say “atithi Devo Bhava” meaning the guest is next to the God. So when a person bows in front of a guest, it is to show that he believes the guest to be superior to himself.