Hinduism is a cryptic religion, where we have lot of traditions and customs that we are asked to follow. Sometimes we have to follow them without any questioning. There are numerous rituals and traditions that form the backbone of this faith. Most of the customs are so strange that we are sometimes feel uneasy to even acknowledge them.
Do you ever wonder how these customs are relevant in this modern world? Most of us tend to dismiss some of these traditions as superstitions, but are all Hindu Traditions, superstitious?
It is becoming apparent that these Hindu traditions are based on some scientific reasons. Hinduism is one of the most scientific religions of the world. All the customs and traditions that we follow have a special scientific reason behind them. Each ritual is entailed for the well-being and is directed at self-improvement of the individual.
We are sure that you must be unaware with the reasons behind the customs. Take a look below 10 common rituals that we perform and understand the scientific reasons behind them.
Joining both palms together to greet
It is commonly seen that when we meet peoples we always greet each other with joining both hands, termed as “Namaste”, “Namaskar”. It is one of the classic gesture of Indians and usually seen as a gesture of respect. However, scientifically speaking, joining both hands ensures joining the tips of all the fingers together, that are denoted to the pressure points of eyes, ears and mind. Pressing them together is said to trigger the pressure points which helps us remember the person for long years. Not just that, when we join hands at the level of our heart it signifies that the greeting is done from the heart or soul!
Throwing coins into river
The universal answer given to this act is that it brings Good luck for our future. On the other hand, scientifically, in the ancient times, most of the currencies were made up of copper. Copper is recognized as a vital metal useful to human body. Throwing coins in the river was one way our ancestors realized as the rivers were only source of water and ultimately we intake sufficient copper as part of water. Indeed a good forward vision!!
Why do Indian women wear Toe ring
Hindu married women are supposed to wear toe rings, it is an Hindu tradition in every family. It is not just for decoration or fun; it has some science behind it. Normally toe ring are worn on the second toe. A special nerve from the second toe connects to the uterus and passes to heart. Wearing toe ring on this finger strengthens the uterus and will keep it healthy by regulating blood flow to it and menstrual cycle will be regularized. Also as silver is the good conductor, it absorbs polar energies from the earth and passes it to body.
Applying Tilak on Forehead
It is usual practice in every household to apply Tilak on forehead. Nashik being the land of saints and culture loving city, you will see most of the local peoples apply Tilak on their forehead before leaving home for work. Now the science behind this ritual is, on the forehead between the two eyebrows, is a spot that is considered as a major nerve point in human body. The Tilak is believed to prevent the loss of energy. The red “Kumkum” is said to hold energy in human body and control various levels of concentration.
Why do Temples have bells
Nashik is the city of temples and holiest place inviting thousands of tourists every year. Each time you visit a temple, you will surely hit the bell before entering the inner sanctum where the main idol is placed. The bells are not made up of ordinary metals. It is made up of mix of several metals like Zinc, Lead, Copper, Nickel, Chromium, Cadmium and manganese. The proportion in which each metal is mixed to create a temple bell is a reason behind this custom. The metals are mixed in such a way that when the bell rung, each metal produces a distinct sound that creates unity of your left and right brain. Therefore, the moment you ring the bell; it produces a sharp and long lasting sound that lasts for seven seconds. The echo of the sound touches your seven healing centers or chakras of the body. So, the moment you ring the bell, your brain goes blank for few seconds and you enter a stage of trance and you become extremely receptive and aware.
Worshiping Tulsi Plant
Almost every house in India has a Tulsi plant outside the house. Hindu religion has bestowed ‘Tulsi’ with the status of Mother. Also known as ‘Scared or holy Basil’, Tulsi has been recognized as a religious and spiritual devout in many parts of the world. The Vedic sages knew the benefits of Tulsi and that is why we try to protect it because it is like Sanjeevani for mankind. Tulsi has great medicinal properties. It is a noteworthy antibiotic. Having Tulsi daily in tea or otherwise increases the immunity, stabilize the health and balance the body system. Tulsi plant also prevents home from insects and mosquitoes.
Applying Mehndi/ Henna on Hand
Festive season is ahead. Nashik is all gear up to celebrate Diwali in pomp and splendor. Applying henna on hand is a sign of starting the festivals. Besides lending color to hand, henna is a very powerful medicinal herb. Henna is applied during weddings, festivals and some enthusiasts apply when they want. Well, weddings are stressful and often the stress causes headaches and fevers. As the wedding comes near, the excitement mixed with nervous anticipation can take its toll on the bride and groom. Thus, application of henna can prevent too much stress because of its cool feature and keeps the nerves from becoming tense.
Sitting on the Floor and Eating
It is very rarely seen that a family is sitting on the floor and taking lunch/dinner together. In this ultra-modern world everything is high profile and luxurious, but the ancient rituals and customs cannot change ever. Well, sitting on the floor and eating is always a good habit. When we sit on the floor we usually sit in the pose of Sukhasan. This pose helps in improving digestion. So, when we eat sitting in the Sukhasan position, our food gets easily digest.
So the next time, before you laugh at an Hindu tradition, Stop, Research and then start following them!!