Hindus follow a thousand of traditions and practices. However, these traditions are not just a bunch of customs. There are a lot of scientific reasons behind these rituals. So, here we have clutched together some rituals that Hindus follow which have scientific explanations to it.
Scientific Reasons Behind Hindu Traditions:
Apart from the fact that bangles increase the beauty of the hands; it also bears health benefits to women. According to scientists, wearing bangles cause constant friction and thus improves blood circulation.
As per Hindu ritual, every married woman must put sindoor on her forehead. Sindoor or vermillion is a red colour mixture which is made by fusing lime, turmeric and the metal mercury. Married women apply it on her forehead and the middle part of her head for the excellent health and long life of her husband. Nevertheless, Science says that this mixture helps control blood pressure.
3. Why we pierce ears
On the ear lobe, there are specific pressure points, which when activated help boost intellectual power and decision making skills. Besides, it also helps in developing better temperament.
According to the Hindu tradition, joining hands together is a mark of paying respect to the elders. When we join hands together, it touches the tip of all fingers where the nerve ends meet. These nerve endings are linked to the pressure points in the ears, eyes, and mind.
5. Worshipping Peepal Tree
The Peepal tree is the most significant tree among the Hindus. While this tree is fruitless with no productive value, it is one of the few trees that produce oxygen in the night also.
6. Placing A Tulsi At Home
According to Hindu ritual, every Hindu household does puja of tulsi plant which they place in their courtyard. Tulsi has remarkable medicinal properties. It helps to cure diseases like cough, cold etc. This plant also serves as a protection for people from dangerous reptiles.
Mehendi or Henna is known to have a cooling effect on the body. Application of this henna tattoo on both the legs and hands can gear the bride to handle the stress on her big day.
As per the Hindu tradition, married women wear toe-rings to increase the beauty of the feet. However, it also 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 and consequently strengthening it.
9. Eating On A Plantain Leaf
Eating on a banana leaf has several health benefits. The obvious one is that they are eco-friendly disposable. Additionally, the leaf contains polyphenols and polyphenol oxidase that help fighting cancer and Parkinson’s respectively. When we serve the hot food on the leaf, it opens the stomata through which essential antioxidants and vitamins get mixed with the food before eating.
In our body, all nerve endings are found at the tips of the toes and fingers. When you touch the feet of a person, this forms a complete circuit, and there is an exchange of energy between two bodies, the giver and the receptor.
11. Importance Of Fasting
Another Hindu ritual is fasting. Hindus assign a certain number of days in a week/month for fasting which is also very beneficial. Science says that as a human brain requires rest, similarly our digestive system needs a break from all the hard work. Regular fasting helps in cleansing the body and flush out all the toxins from the body.
12. Surya Namaskar
We all know that the sun can do a ton of good to you. Hindus have a belief of paying their respect to the Sun God. The central part of the human body, which is also called solar plexus, is said to be connected with the sun.
Doing Surya Namaskar every day activates the solar plexus and thus enhances our intuitive and creative abilities. The morning sun rays are also immensely useful for the eye which is why doctors also recommend sun salutation in the mornings.
13. Why married women wear Mangal Sutra
Another Hindu ritual that every married woman follow is wearing mangal sutra. This piece of jewellery, which is made of gold and black beads, is very beneficial for the physical well being. Married women tie mangal sutra on their neck in such a way that it is right above the heart and thus helps to check our body pressure and also regularizes the blood circulation in the body.
14. Bells in temples
The scientific reason behind bells is that the sound of the bell helps us to keep full concentration on divine purpose. These bells are prepared in such a way that when they deliver a sound, it produces unity in the Left and Right parts of our brains.
So, when we ring the bell, it creates an enduring sound which lasts for a minimum of 7 seconds in echo mode. This echo is outstanding as it activates all the seven healing centres in our body. Furthermore, it also helps to empty our brain from all negative thoughts.
15. Sitting On The Floor & Eating
Many Hindus love to eat by sitting in the “Sukhasan” position while having lunch or dinner. This posture immediately brings a sense of calm. Moreover, it also helps in digestion because when we sit in this posture, our brain automatically receives a signal to prepare our stomach for digestion.
16. Tilak/KumKum On The Forehead
Applying Tilak and kumkum also has scientific reasons. There is a small spot between the two eyebrows on the forehead. Applying kumkum/Tilak between the eyebrows is believed to keep energy in the body and control different levels of concentration.
When we put kumkum in the middle of the forehead, we automatically press Adnya-chakra which increases the blood supply to our facial muscles.
17. Why you Should Not Sleep With your Head Towards North
According to Science, the human body is a strong magnetic field and Earth is a giant magnet. So, sleeping with head towards north can be detrimental as our body becomes utterly asymmetrical to the Earth’s Magnetic field.
It causes problems related to blood pressure, and our heart needs to work harder to overcome this asymmetry of Magnetic fields. Another reason is when somebody sleeps in this position, iron from the body starts to gather in the brain and so causes Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson, headache, Cognitive Decline and brain degeneration.
18. Visiting Temples
When engineers and architects build a temple, they select a place where magnetic and electric waves are available in abundance. Furthermore, they establish the idol where magnetic waves are highly active.
However, before the placement of the idol, they bury some copper plates in which Vedic scripts are written. These copper plates absorb magnetic waves from the earth and radiate it to the surroundings. So people who regularly visit temple receive this positive energy and live a healthy life.
19. Chanting the ‘Om’ Mantra
Chanting Om Kar also has scientific reasons. Researchers have found out that chanting Om Mantra not only reduces blood pressure but also control heart rates. Moreover, it helps to improve the sense of alertness and concentration.
20. Scientific reasons for chanting Gayatri mantra
Another Hindu ritual that has scientific meaning is chanting Gayatri mantra. Chanting this mantra generates almost 110,000 different types of waves per second. Researchers have said that if one chants Gayatri mantras 90 minutes before the sunrise, it will help in boosting the immune system of that person.
21. Throwing coins in the water
In ancient times, people used currencies made of copper. And as we all know how copper is beneficial for the human body. So, the custom of throwing coins in the river was one of the ways to ensure that we are intaking pure water. Moreover, it has now become a custom, and we still follow the ritual.
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