Hinduism is a religion followed almost all over the world but especially in South Asia. It is a mixture of philosophy, mythology, rituals, and traditions among other things. People who follow Hinduism worship numerous Gods and Goddesses and follow the traditions passed on to them by their ancestors.
Though science and religion are two different things they can be related in terms of Hindu traditions. Hindus follow different traditions and rituals without knowing the scientific logic to them. So to make it clear, here are 10 Hindu traditions that have a scientific explanation.
1. People Putting “Tika” on the Forehead
Tika is a must when it comes to any Hindu traditions. From weddings to pujas, tikas are always present. And it is usually the elders putting tika on the forehead of the younger ones and giving them blessings.
Scientifically speaking, the spot between the two eyebrows is considered to be a major nerve point in a human’s body. And putting tika is believed to retain energy as tika is said to prevent the loss of energy. It controls the various levels of concentration and promotes the blood supply to the face muscles.
2. Applying Henna on the Hand and Feet
Henna/Mehendi is very traditional in the Hindu tradition. It is especially used during weddings and it is believed that the darker the henna the more love the bride receives from her husband.
Its scientific explanation is that henna is a medicinal herb that helps calm stress and anxiety. Using it during weddings help prevent the stress the bride has to go through as it keeps the nerve from becoming tense and cools the body.
People in Hindu culture usually greet each other saying “Namaste” and joining their palms together and bowing down. This generally means you’re showing respect to the other person.
Science, however, has a different explanation. When we join our palms together, we also join the tips of our fingers where lies the pressure points of ears, eyes, and mind. Therefore, when you press them together you activate the pressure points which help you remember the person for a long time.
4. Throwing Coins into a River
We’ve all seen people throwing coins into the rivers and ponds and wishing for something. It is believed that throwing coins into the rivers brings good luck or the Gods listen to our prayers and they fulfill them.
But in ancient times, the coins were made of copper. Copper is a metal that is very important for human body. And since back then people didn’t have any modern approach to drinking water so they drank straight out of the river. Which means they received enough copper while drinking water.
Hindu women fast on special occasions to ensure their husbands have long and prosperous lives.
But taking fasts is very good for our digestive system. It helps in cleansing our body from the toxins and regulating all the body mechanisms. So scientifically it’s better for your health rather than your husbands.
6. People Worshipping Peepal and Tulsi
Peepal and Tulsi are very holy plants and Hindus worship them on a regular.
When we look through science, peepal trees are very important as it produces oxygen even at night and tulsi has great medicinal properties and has many qualities like increasing immunity, balancing the body system, stabilizing health conditions and prolonging one’s life. Tulsi even prevents insects entering the house.
7. Visiting Temples
Visiting temples is one of the most important rituals of the Hindu people. They believe it makes them religious and clears out their sins.
But what people don’t know is that the temples are strategically located in places where positive energy is amply present from the magnetic and electric wave distributions of north and south pole. And there are copper plates inscribed with Vedic scripts buried underneath the idols of Gods and Goddesses inside the temple which absorb the Earth’s magnetic waves and emit it to the surroundings.
8. Bells in Temples
Bells have a significant role in temples. It is believed that the sound of the bell is pleasant to Gods and it also keeps the evil forces away.
But the truth is bells help heal our minds from all the negative thoughts. It is made in such a way that when we ring them it produces a sound that creates a unity in both the right and left part of our brain activating all the seven healing centers of our body.
9. Women Wearing Toe Rings
Toe rings in Hinduism usually signify a married woman. They usually wear it on the second toe.
And in science, this means regulating the blood flow that strengthens the uterus as there is a nerve in the second toe that connected to the uterus and passes to the heart. It also helps in regularizing menstrual cycle and passing out the polar energies all over the body absorbed from the Earth.
10. Sitting on the Floor While Eating
It’s very important you sit on the floor while you’re eating with your legs folded and crossed. It is the traditional way of sitting and eating.
But according to science, sitting in this position bring a sense of calm to your body and send signals to your brain to prepare the stomach for digestion. So sitting in that position while eating helps you indigestion.