The word “Anjali” means “an offering”. Thus offering can be made in various ways. The most commonly heard is pushpanjali ie an offering with “pushpam” meaning flowers, Geetanjali an offering of a song that is geetam, Swaranjali an offering of music, Shraddhanjali an offering of love.
In this context Pushpanjali is an offering of flowers by the dancer. It is an invocation piece done at the beginning of a performance. Sometimes a shlokam is also incorporated into it. Shlokam can be in praise of any deity. Pushpanjali that I have explained here is most commonly seen with the students of Kalakshetra Lineage.
These videos below will aid you in learning and understanding Pushpanjali.
Pushpanjali: Mushika Vahana, Ragam: Nattai, Talam: Adi
Pushpanjali Part 1
Pushpanjali Part 2
Pushpanjali Part 3
(updated on 4/19/2011)
I have been looking for a good version on this song and finally found on musigle.com. You can also download it from there. The first six minutes of the mooshikavahan track plays this pushpanjali song. Enjoy!!!