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Science Behind Traditions & Rituals

Friday, 16 September 2016 22:39



In Hinduism, Traditions and customs are considered to be the most important part of a Religion.

In Hinduism, Traditions and customs are considered to be the most important part of a Religion. We follow every custom and ritual without even knowing that why we are doing this but still people faithfully following many customs and rituals over the years.  But most of the times these practices become the reason for superstition. But with the advent of science, it has been seen that these traditions are based on some scientific knowledge. In this blog, you may come to know the scientific reason behind every traditions and rituals.


Why we Chant the Mantra Om and Gayatri Mantra?

Om is the Universal name of the Lord. It has a profound effect on the body and mind of the one who chants. Most Mantras and prayers starts with Om. It is considered to be a pious in Hinduism. The scientific reason behind Chanting the Mantra Om is that it helps in the reduction in heart rate which leads to a deep form of relaxation and stayed away from the negative vibrations.  

Do you know that Gayatri Mantra produces 110,000 sound waves/sec. And through the combinations of sound of a particular frequency, thus this mantra is considered to be capable of developing scientific potentialities.


Tulsi Plant (Holy Basil) in front of the home

Tulsi has been adored by Hindus. It is said to be very pious if it is in front of your home. Scientifically, it has been shown that Tulsi Plant releases Ozone along with oxygen, which is essential for ecological balance. It reduces stress, enhances stamina, lower cholesterol. According to Ayurveda, Tulsi has been considered as a remedy which is used to treat coughs, bronchitis and Diabetes, it also strengthen our immune system.


Why do we light Lamps (Diya-Baati)?

In every Indian home a lamp is lit daily before the worship of God. In some houses it is lit at dawn and dusk. Even all auspicious functions commence with the lighting of Lamp which contains pure Ghee. As light symbolizes knowledge, and darkness. And the Lord is the “Knowledge Principle” who is the source, the enlivener and the illuminator of all knowledge. Also knowledge is a lasting inner wealth by which all outer achievement can be accomplished. Hence we light the lamp to bow down to knowledge as the greatest of all forms of wealth.


Why Hindus do not eat Non-Veg on particular days?

It is believed that Hindus do not eat non-veg on Tuesdays, Saturdays and on many auspicious days. We know this, but do you the reason behind not having it. Actually, animal-killing is considered as a sin in a religion. So people avoid eating non-veg at least on those auspicious days. As we know that eating non-veg in excess could harm your health. It can cause diseases like piles, kidney stones, blood pressure, heart -attack etc. thus Hindus has places some restrictions which could stop them to exploit themselves by eating non-veg in excess. 


Why women wear Mangalsutra after Marriage?

Every married woman used to wear a Mangalsutra, which is made in gold as a precious mark for married women. Scientifically, it is believed that it regularize a women blood pressure. It is also said that it controls the body pressure levels to a maximum extent. But mangalsutra should be covered under your clothes and touching your body portion, the effect will be more to gain the benefits. Therefore, this is the reason behind wearing Mangalsutra by married women.


Why do we apply Tilak on the forehead?

Putting Tilak on the forehead is a ritual mark. It can be put in the form of blessing ore auspiciousness. Applying Tilak on the forehead is a very important and mandatory ritual customs followed by Hindus. Scientifically, the Tilak is applied on the spot between the brows which is considered the place of wisdom and mental concentration. That place is said to have the nerve connection to the brain. And putting Tilak on this spot regularly would stimulate this spot and helps us to have balanced mental concentration.     


Why do we do Namaste?

Namaste is the most common way of greeting other. The general reason that would be given is that greeting elders and guests by joining both the palms is the way of respect given to them.

But the scientific reason behind doing Namaste is that joining both hands ensures joining the tips of all the fingers together, which are denoted to the pressure points of eyes, ears and mind. Pressing them together is said to activate the pressure points. This helps to remember the person for a long time.


Tying Mango and Neem Leaves to the doors on auspicious days

In Hinduism, it is believed that tying mango and neem leaves would not allow the evil powers to enter the house. But scientifically, on auspicious days and on special occasions, all of us gather at one place along with our relatives and friends. As we know plants take in carbon-di-oxide and give out oxygen. Thus, mango and neem leaves are very effective in the photosynthesis process comparative to other plants. Neem leaves purify the bacteria too. In order to keep the temperature cool and to circulate air, we tie these leaves to all the doors.

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