16 Hindu Traditions With Greater Scientific Significance That You Should Know

Hindu traditions are followed by millions, and if you are one of those who believe they are just a bunch of customs with no substantial reasoning and are just superstitions, you may want to have a look at this.

Traditions in Hinduism were considered mainly superstitions, but with the advent of science, it is evident that these traditions are based on some scientific knowledge and passed from generation to generation as traditions. It is worth knowing because, behind every tradition, there is a logical, or rather, scientific explanation.

1. Bangles

As per the Hindu traditions, married women adorn their arms with bangles as it is believed that wearing bangles protects the health of their husbands and sons. However, according to scientists, wearing bangles causes constant friction and increases blood circulation, which is very essential.

2. Sindoor

Sindoor, also known as vermillion, is a reddish-orange 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 to 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 they activate all seven healing centers in our body. It also has a positive influence on our minds and helps us stay focused, keeping our minds 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. Burning camphor during an auspicious occasion is a very common Hindu tradition.

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, or 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 is built-in with 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 in Hindu traditions, especially in relation to worship. Many have been enlightened by it. While this tree is fruitless with no productive value, it is one of the few trees that produces oxygen at night. Hence, while sitting under most trees at night is inadvisable, the Peepal tree posts no harm in its nature.

7. Placing a Tulsi at home

Tulsi has remarkable medicinal properties, from preventing diseases to curing regular coughs and colds. 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 was used to ward snakes off 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 that, 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.

9. Namaste

According to the Hindu tradition, joining hands together is a mark of respect for the elderly. 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 ensures 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.

10. Henna

Weddings are stressful affairs that cause cold feet, stress, and general jitters. Mehendi, 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.

11. Toe-Rings

Apart from the fact that toe-rings increase the beauty of the feet, they also bear serious health benefits for married women, not limited to yet another Hindu traditions. A nerve from the second toe is known to connect the uterus and pass to the heart, thus regulating blood flow to the uterus and thereby strengthening it. 

12. Eating on a banana leaf

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. Touching the feet of the elderly is among the most commonly used Hindu traditions.

14. Importance of fasting

Hindu traditions 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 for you. In Hindu traditions, paying respect to the Sun God is found to be holy. 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 eyes, which is why sun salutation is recommended in the mornings.

16. Mangalsutra

The husband ties this sacred piece of beaded neckpiece to 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 popular Hindu traditions that have scientific significance. Do share this with your friends who ask why you follow these Hindu traditions.

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