Hinduism is one of the oldest and richest culture around the world. It is a religion comprising a plethora of ancient rituals and practices which are being followed from various generations. We have always considered these traditions to be myths and superstitions created by our ancestors and often hate to follow them cursing as crap created by the elders.
Have you ever wondered the reasons behind these traditions and rituals. Well, the answer comes directly from our Vedas, the four pillars of our religion which gave knowledge to the entire world. You will be amazed to know that there is a conundrum science behind these cultural ethics that is beyond our understanding and we have only cracked a miniscule of it. Our ancestors were so intelligent and ahead of their time that they framed this complex science into our day to day lives in the form of basic traditions so that we can be benefitted in the name of religion. This blog is to create the awareness about its importance and here are some 15 amusing science facts behind these traditions.
1. Namaste: A way of Greeting in Hindu Culture
In Hindu culture when people show respect and there humbleness to greet somebody, they join both the palms creating a posture “Namaste” or “Namaskaram”. Generally it is just a gesture of respect but there is an amusing science fact behind it. Actually, when we join both our hands then all the fingertips comes together and there occurs the pressure points for Eyes, Ears and Mind. Doing so, these senses get activated and helps remember that person for a longer time. Also, there is not any harm of communicable disease or germs transfer as no physical contact is made. Amazing isn’t it.
2. Tilak: Applying Kumkum/Chandan on the centre of the forehead.
Hindu ceremonies usually begin with a Tilak or Tika on the forehead. The scientific reason behind this simple tradition is that the spot between the two eyebrows is considered as a major nerve point in the human body.Thus, applying Tilak at this point increases the level of concentration and helps to retain our vital energy. Pressing this point to apply Tilak automatically activates an Adnya-Chakra which facilitates the blood supply to face muscles depriving the fatigue and enhancing facial glow.
3. Mehandi or Henna: Applying it on hands and feet during occasions.
Everyone has seen the beautifully decorated Women hands and even Men during Marriage ceremonies and some festivals. Well, Mehandi apart from lending its beautiful color and decoration possesses medicinal applications. Mehandi keeps the body cool and relaxes tensed and stressed nerves. Thus during the hum drum of any ceremony it calms the bride and groom preventing nervous breakdowns, headaches and stress related problems.
4. Sindoor: Why married women apply it?
Sindoor or Vermillion is a symbol for married women in Indian society besides which it carries physiological significance too. Sindoor is prepared by blending mercury, turmeric and lime, this combination has intrinsic properties to control blood pressure and induce sexual drive. This is the reason it is prohibited for widows not because of superstitions. It is usually applied on the centre above forehead which is considered to be our pituitary gland where the feelings are centered.
5. Bangles: Why Indian women wear it.
Bangles is a usual attire for every Hindu woman which not only escalates the gracious appearance but also has medical benefits associated to it. Bangles are worn on the wrist and it constantly produces friction at that area inducing the blood supply and controlling the pulse rate. Because of its metallic built and round shape it prevents the loss of electric charge from the body and redirects it to nerves keeping women the active whole day.
6. Charan Sparsh: Touching elders feet to gain blessings.
Charan Sparsh is most commonly performed Hindu ritual to gain blessings from elders and enlightened beings. It is explained that whenever someone elder accepts the respect then it remarks our reduced ego (and is called your shraddha) which causes their heart to emit positive thoughts and energy (which is called their karuna). This positive energy reaches through their body to their toes. Touching the feet completes the circuit and enables a flow of that positive energy into our body connecting our minds and hearts.
7. Toe rings: Why Hindu women wear it?
Toe ring is not just another piece of garland to augment the beauty of feet. But also there is science behind it. Toe rings are made up of silver which is a good conductor of electricity and it conducts the polar energies from earth to the body. Another reason is that it is normally worn on the second toe which is a particular nerve point connected to the uterus and passes to heart. Thus, wearing toe ring on this finger keeps the women body healthy by regulating the blood flow to the uterus and balancing the abrupt menstrual cycles.
8. Temples: Why do we visit them daily and worship idols?
They say, visit a temple when you feel low or stressed with the hustle bustle of life. It is a religious point of view for many, but there are actual science facts behind it. Our Hindu temples are strategically built on the rules of Vedic architecture for a constant flow of positive energy throughout the building. The architecture comprises a Moolsthanam or the Garbhagriha where the main idol of the temple is situated. This Moolsthanam is calculated to be the place where earth’s magnetic field is maximum. Here, the idol is placed on copper plates inscribed with Vedic scripts on them. These copper plates absorb the magnet field and throw them around the idol. Thus, by taking clockwise rounds (Parikrama) around the idol induces this high beam of the magnetic field in our body. This is why regular visits to the temple build a reservoir of this positive form of energy leading to a perfectly healthy life.
9. Bells in the temple: Why do we ring them before entering?
Whenever we visit the temple, ringing the bell is a custom before entering the inner sanctum Garbhagudi, where the main idol is placed. It is believed that ringing the bell is pleasant to god and it wards off the evil spirits. However, there is a scientific reason behind it that the ringing sound of this bell clears our mind with any negative thoughts and helps to retain concentration while worshipping. The bells are strategically designed to produce an echo sound of 7 seconds which creates a unity in left and right parts of the brain also activating the 7 healing centres in our body.
10. Sleeping in the north direction
Our parents often say that Don’t sleep with your head in the north as you will get bad dreams and invite ghosts. Well, again this superstition is succeeded by a scientific fact. Our earth has an imaginary magnetic field flow which is North – South aligned and so is our body has its own. When we sleep with our head in the north, then our body is misaligned to earth’s magnetic lines and that cause problems related to blood pressure as our heart needs to work harder in order to overcome this asymmetry of Magnetic fields.
11. Piercing of Ears: What is the Significance?
According to Indian ethos, piercing has great importance as it augments the intellect, thinking power and decision taking abilities of a human being. It restraints the speech and leads to effective listening composing life energy. This ritual is termed as Karna-Vedha Sanskara in Hindu religion and is performed in 7th or 8th month after the birth of a child.
12. Fasting on particular days and occasions.
Fasting is not just an offering to God but actually it has many essential benefits to our digestive system. As explained in Ayurveda the root cause of most of the diseases is the accumulation of toxic material in the body which is because of the regular diets we take. Fasting helps in reducing the acid content in the body and it gives rest to our digestive organs and gets them cleansed and corrected. Thus, regular or occasional fasting helps our body to rejuvenate and function better.
13. Sitting on the floor with cross legs while eating.
Sitting cross-legged on the floor while eating food is not just a tradition, but it represents a special asana termed as Sukhasana. It is one of the postures of Yoga which is performed while eating food. During this, the stomach is automatically pressed and it sends signals to the brain which activates the digestion process. Also, with the legs folded the circulatory system concentrates blood flow to the stomach and prevents energy loss while eating.
14. Why do males keep Choti or Shikha on their head?
According to our Vedic science, Bhramarandhra is the highest or the 7th chakra of the body which is the centre of wisdom. This is the place on our rear head where there is a nexus of all nerves. The knotted shikha or choti at this place termed as Adhipati Marma protects it and preserves its energy or Ojas.
15. Worshipping Peepal and Tulsi.
Well, most of us consider it lame and superstitious but the insightful science behind this tradition will amaze you. Peepal does not bear any fruits and its wood is also not effective, but it is the only tree which releases oxygen even during night, thus to protect this life guarding tree from its extinction our ancestors linked it to God and religion. Same lies with the “Tulsi” plant, which has been given the status of the mother in our religion. It was known to Vedic sages that “Tulsi” is a highly effective medicinal plant with a copious number of health benefits. Although, it is very weak plant and requires special care to grow, thus they linked this plant with religion and made a compulsion to grow it in the courtyard of every Hindu house.