Hindus follow a million traditions and practices and if you are one of those who believed they are just a bunch of customs with no substantial reasoning and just superstitions, you may want to have a look at this. It is worth knowing because behind every tradition there is a logical or rather scientific explanation.
As per the Hindu tradition, married women adorn their arms with bangles as it is believed that wearing bangles protect the health of their husband and sons. However, according to scientists, wearing bangles cause constant friction and increases blood circulation which is very essential.
Sindoor, also known as vermillion is a red color mixture prepared by mixing lime, turmeric, and the metal mercury. This is applied by a married woman on her forehead all the way up until the pituitary gland. This mixture helps control blood pressure. Widows don’t sport a Sindoor as it also increases sexual drive.
3. Ringing of bells at Temple
The sound of a bell is no ordinary sound. The vibrations from the echo of the ringing bell are so strong that it activates all the seven healing centers in our body. It also has a positive influence on our mind and helps us stay focused keeping our mind away from all the unnecessary negative thoughts and emotions.
4. Camphor flames
In temples, Hindus run their palms across the camphor flames and rub their warm palms against their eyes. The warm hands ensure that their touch sense is active.
5. Removing footwear before entering a Temple
One of the biggest reasons for leaving footwear outside the temple before entering is hygiene. Removing our shoes and sandals prevents us from carrying any kind of dirt, impurities, and germs into a clean and germ-free area such as a temple. Having said that, the primary reason behind this is that the floor of temples are built-in materials that are good conductors of positive energy, allowing these vibrations and energy to pass through our feet into the body.
6. Worshipping Peepal tree
The Peepal tree is the most significant tree amongst the Hindus in relation to worship. Many have been enlightened by it and while this tree is fruitless with no productive value, it is one of the few trees that produce oxygen in the night. Hence, while sitting under most trees at night is inadvisable, the Peepal tree posts no harm with its nature.
7. Placing a Tulsi at home
Tulsi has remarkable medicinal properties, from preventing diseases to curing a regular cough and cold. Also, back in the day, snakes used to frequently slither into people’s houses causing harm. Soon enough, they discovered that the scent of the Tulsi plant used to ward snakes from the premises. Apart from its medicinal value, this plant also serves as a protection for people from dreaded reptiles, and hence most houses even today are seen housing a Tulsi pot.
8. Piercing Ears
There are certain pressure points on the ear lobe which when activated help boost intellectual power and decision-making skills. It also helps develop a better temperament leading to more listening and less jibber-jabber.
Joining hands together is a mark of paying respect to the elderly according to the Hindu tradition. Bringing the palms together ensures touching the tips of all fingers where the nerve ends meet. These nerve endings are linked to the pressure points in the eyes, ears, and mind. Pressing these nerve endings to help activate them ensuring we remember the people we meet for a very long time apart from the fact that it negates the exchange of germs facilitated by a handshake.
Weddings are stressful affairs that cause cold feet, stress, and general jitters. Mehendi or more popularly known as Henna is known to have a cooling effect on the body. The application of this decorative tattoo on both the legs and hands can gear the bride to handle all the fluster on her big day.
That apart from the fact that toe-rings increase the beauty of the feet; it bears serious health benefits to married women. A nerve from the second toe is known to connect the uterus and pass to the heart, thus regulating blood flow to the uterus thereby strengthening it. Eating from a banana leaf has several benefits. The most obvious of them is that they are eco-friendly disposable food serving systems. Besides, the leaf contains polyphenols and polyphenol oxidase that fight cancer and Parkinson’s respectively. The hot food served on the leaf opens the stomata through which essential antioxidants and vitamins get mixed with the food before consumption.
13. Touching feet
All nerve endings are found at the tips of the toes and fingers. By touching the feet of a person, a complete circuit is formed and there is an exchange of energy between two bodies, the giver and the receptor.
14. Importance of fasting
Hindus allot a certain number of days in a week or a month for fasting. Like everything, the digestive system needs a break from all the hard work. Regular fasting helps cleanse the body and flush out all the toxins from the body.
15. Surya Namaskar
It is no secret that the sun can do a ton of good to you. Hindus have a tradition of paying their respect to the Sun God. The solar plexus, a central part of the human body is said to be connected with the sun. Practicing Surya Namaskar every day activates the solar plexus and thus improves our creative and intuitive abilities. The sun rays in the morning are also extremely good for the eye which is why sun salutation is recommended in the mornings.
The husband ties this sacred piece of beaded neckpiece on his wife at the time of their marriage, promising a life of good health and happiness. This piece of jewelry which is the mark of a married woman, like a ring, is tied in a manner such that it is right above the heart and helps regulate the blood circulation in the body.
These are the scientific reasons behind popular Hindu traditions. Do share this with your friends who ask why you follow these Hindu traditions.