Hindu religion has hundreds Gods and Goddesses and thousands of cultures associated. For every little action in this religion, there are spiritual beliefs backing their importance. However, there are very logical and scientific reasons which are barely known or noticed. Here are some day to day things done by people following this religion that has scientific meaning behind it.
1. Joining hands while doing prayers or greeting another person (The Namaste or Namaskar)
In general, it is a gesture of respect while we meet someone. Scientifically, since all the tips of fingers are joined together, the pressure points of eyes, ears and mind are connected that helps to remember that person for a more extended period. Moreover, it prevents any physical contact ensuring germs are not spread.
2. Throwing coins in the river or water source
People still throw coins in the river and water sources with a belief that it brings harmony and even granting wishes. In the past, the coins were made using copper which is vital for human body. Throwing coins in water ensured that human body consumed adequate amount of copper as rivers were the only source of drinking water.
3. Ringing Bells
Ringing bells before entering temples is believed to keep evil spirits away. In scientific point of view, the bell is created in such way that when it rings, it produces an echo for around 7 seconds which is enough to eliminate any negative thoughts in our minds. The sound of the bell helps to synchronize the left and right side of human brain and also activates the seven healing centers of the body.
4. Applying henna or mehendi on hands and feet
Marriage and its rituals are stressful and hectic which can cause headaches and fevers. Since henna is a medicinal herb, applying it on hands and feet helps to cool down nerves and prevents nerve endings from becoming tense.
5. Food starts with spices and ends with sweet
Spicy food activates the digestive juices and acids ensuring the digestive process are smooth. The sweets however, pull down the digestive process. Thus, the reason behind why the elder generations recommend keeping sweets for the last is to ensure the digestive system works efficiently.
6. Married women put sindoor
Modern Sindoor is made of Vermillion, the purified and powdered form of cinnabar, that naturally gives mercury. In the past, turmeric-lime, herbs and metal mercury were mixed to prepare sindoor. The intrinsic properties of mercury help regulate blood pressure and also activates sexual drive.
7. Sitting on the floor while eating
When you sit on floor, you usually sit with legs crossed in a ‘Sukhasan’ position which is often used as yoga posture. Sitting on the floor calms you down and helps for better digestion. The position alerts the brain to prepare the stomach for eating.
8. Worshipping idols
If you notice inside temples, there is one main idol or God figure; it is so because it helps to focus and concentrate one’s mind during prayers. In ancient times, it helped to meditate and prevent any diversions.
9. Touching feet of elders
Hindu religion has a tradition to touch feet of elders and pious figures out of respect. When you bow down with reduced ego, the other person emits positive energy and put their hand on your head. The energy is circulated in a complete circular where your hands and fingertips are a receptor of energy and feet of the person is the giver of energy. When you touch the feet of another person, a circuit is formed connecting two minds and hearts.
10. Planting Tulsi at home
The Vedic sages knew the advantages of Tulsi and characterised the plant as Goddess encouraging people to not only protect but plant more. Tulsi is an incredible antibiotic. Taking it every day with tea or warm water increases immunity, stabilises health conditions and prolongs life. Moreover, insects and mosquitoes and even snakes stay away from the plant, thus preventing those entering homes.