Science Behind Indian Traditions


Our English professor, Mrs. Priyanka Mishra has always been all the praise for the Aryans. She has always told us about the witty moves by the Aryans, how beautifully they connected every good thing to the religion to make everyone follow them willingly. They had a reason for the science behind everything that they made a rule of. Be it any, the tradition of Namaskar, or deity worship, there was always a worthy reason behind it.

So, I just thought to pen down something about the science behind these traditions and bring into light things worth appreciation.

India, a country renowned worldwide for it’s distinct and various traditions and cultures have always been mocked off, in the name of being superstitious and mythological. On one hand, these traditions have always been a center of attraction for the people residing outside the country while on the other hand, they have let others for an image of India as an underdeveloped country ways far in the field of science.

So, today I am here to tell about the science behind the most prevalently known traditions of India.

# Namaskar: Indians have always been on heels to welcome guests into their houses.  And they have considered these guests equivalent to god. Here, the tradition is to greet folks with namaskar, i.e., by joining both our hands together.
Beyond tradition, the scientific concept behind this namaskar is, the pressure generated after joining our hands makes the ends of our fingers get pressed and this instigates the right pressure points. This helps our brain to remember that person for a long time.

# Ear piercing: Indians were initially recognized easily amidst the crowd by their piercing in the nose and ears. But, this piercing has now become a practice adopted worldwide. People from various countries have started getting their ears pierced. But why so…!
It is so because there lies a very scientific reason behind this practice and that is ear piercing is a form of acupuncture that enhances the flow of blood into the body. The appropriate piercing at right time is capable of doing wonders to the body. It also enhances one’s intellectual ability.

# Applying Sindoor: Sindoor, a local name for Vermilion is a symbol of being married for the Indian ladies. This very significant piece of make-up kit is equivalent to expensive jewelry for the Indian ladies. But, if you give a scientific thought to this tradition of regular application of sindoor to the center of the forehead is very helpful in controlling the blood pressure. It also keeps the mind cool and peaceful due it’s organic and Ayurvedic ingredients like turmeric, lime, and contents of mercury metal.

# Mehndi: Indian cultural functions, especially the ones from a Hindu family are definitely incomplete without the application of henna, (mehndi) on the palms.
Henna is a very strong medicinal herb. It is applied to keep the mind and body cool. Its application on hands and feet do wonders in preventing stress and nervous breakdown during traditional occasions.

# Bells in Temples: There is hardly anyone who is unaware of the fact that temples are incomplete without the bells. Anybody who enters the temple surely rings the bell before he is inside. Who does he do so..?? Does he even know the reason of his action or he is just following a norm brought ahead by his ancestors..??
Well if he doesn’t know so. He must once read this fact.
When he rings the bell, the sound that emerges out helps in clearing our mind and stay sharp and focused on devotion. The echo of the sound activates all the seven healing centers of our body and clarifies us of negativity.

Well, this is enough for this edition. I shall continue to tell more about the scientific reasons behind the Indian traditions in my next piece of work.


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