For years, Indians have followed innumerable traditions and rituals , majorly religiously but there are beautiful scientific and logical reasons behind these rituals.These logical meanings are ignored as the rituals are passed from generation to generation, sometimes leading us to criticize them as superstitions.These traditions are still in practice by us in day -to-day households. Some of them are listed in this blog post.
Namaste – Indian way of greeting people
While greeting people, Indian join their palm together to wish “Namaste”. Pressing our palm together presses all the tips of our fingers which in turn creates pressure at ear, eyes and mind and helps us to remember that person.
Burning Agarbattis during ritual practices
Buring of Agarbattis or incense sticks are part of our Indian culture for years. Ever wondered why? The aura of these burning sticks not only refreshes our mind and soul, but also cleanses the surrounding air by fighting against germs, bacteria etc.
Eating at floor
Many people used to sit in Sukashan position during lunch and dinner on the floor. This is one the important exercise in yoga where we sit cross legged. This position helps in digestion.
Blowing of Shankhas
The shankha or conch is the shell of sea snail (scientific name Turbinella Pyrum) . In ancient India, the conch was inevitably blown during arati or worship of the deity. The sound of conch would fill the village then, and those who could not make to the temples or were debarred from entering the same could stop by hearing the sound and pray to the Almighty.
It is believed that person who blows the Shanka never develops any respiratory problem. Eminent scientist Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose has proved that the sound of shankha replaces negativity of the surrounding with serenity. Shankas are blown during sunrise and sunset so that strong rays of sun don’t obstruct the sound waves. These waves destroy the bacteria and cleanses the surrounding.
Tulshi plantation in front of house
In ancient India, it was a tradition to have Tulsi (scientific name Ocimum Sacntrum) plant in front the house. Tulsi plant release ozone along with oxygen which is important for ecological balance. There are also medicinal values for Tulsi leaves. They are used for treating cough, cold and fighting bacteria.
Use of Ghunghats or other clothes to cover head
Ghunghats are veils or head scarf used to cover heads and face. It is an ancient tradition to use ghunghats for married Indian women and sometimes napkins or handkerchiefs by some Indian men while visiting temples. Like in ancient times, today also thousands of worshipers and visitors have prasada or food served at temples. So these places should well maintain hygiene. The tradition of covering head while visiting temples can prevent contamination of food from hair fall. These can also very well protect our head from scorching heat.
Application of Tilaka
Tilaka or kumkum or bindi or any colored spot is often applied by women in the forehead in the middle of eyebrows. They are also applied by sadhus or priests while worshiping deities or by worshipers during attending the pujas or the ceremony. Sometimes, students also apply tilaks before examination. The significance of applying tilakas at that point helps to conserve subtle energy of our body and keep us focused. During the act of applying, when the spot is pressed, it facilitates blood supply to the facial regions.
Not sleeping with your head towards North
Myths are there, that if you sleep with your head towards North, you will invite ghosts. But there is a scientific reason regarding not doing so. Our body’s magnetic field becomes completely asymmetrical to the Earth’s Magnetic field if we sleep in that posture. This affects blood pressure and heart in the process of overcoming this asymmetry of Magnetic fields. Also the iron from our whole body starts to congregate in brain causing headache and other diseases.
Application of mehendis on hand and feet
During wedding, bride and grooms apply mehendi on the hand and feet as mehendi leaves produce cooling affect and reduce stress of the busy wedding days.
This sounds interesting! right? It seriously feels awesome to realize the richness of Indian culture and traditions. The traditions mentioned here are not just religious but have scientific reasons too which strengthens the message our culture carries.
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