Published on: 4/7/2015

21 Traditions Followed By The Hindus And The Scientific Reasons Behind Them

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Hinduism is indeed a religion of depths and there are many stuffs belayed that are yet to be proven. With the Digital age zooming up, many are left to ponder if there is any logical reasoning at all behind the traditions we follow. Often people from different generations fight over why do we even need to follow them and how are they relevant in the modern world?
But trust us, not every Hindu tradition is a superstition. Please do not ignore the customs that have been handed-down generations apart owing to ignorance and lack of clarity. Each and every custom that was advised was subscribed keeping in mind the general welfare and well-being of all human beings.
We are cent percent sure that many midst you would not be aware of the reasons behind the traditions we follow. Please look through these and you will agree with us on the note that we are over-looking the greatness of our rich culture and that it deserves more lauding than what it actually is; now!

1.  Piercing Ears

Piercing ears

Its been scientifically proven that piercing ears is a form of acupuncture that can mitigate the flow of blood in your body and the right piercing at the right place and time can actually work wonders. Piercing your ears can help you think intellectually, improve your sense of reasoning and decision-making.

 2.  Fasting at regular-intervals

 Fasting at regular-intervals

The basic cause of illness and diseases is the accumulation of waste in your body and fasting at regular intervals can help to flush the toxins out and aide in living a healthier and longer life. Also, Indian tradition suggests that we fast only with the consumption of fluids and fruits which is the most prescribed form of de-oxidizing the body, followed all over the world.

3.  Applying Sindoor on the centre of forehead

Applying Sindoor on the centre of forehead

The center of the forehead is where the pituitary gland is located and applying sindoor on the spot at regular intervals will help control blood pressure and activates inner zeal & peace because it is made from turmeric, lime and also contains little traces of mercury metal.

4.  Worshipping Idols

 Worshipping Idols

When we worship a form and bow-down to the same, it makes it easier for the brain to relate to the shape, color and structure and glorifies signifies to the brain about the prowess of the same. According to psychologists this can make us abide to the form sub-consciously and also increase our concentration.

5.  Why Do We Wear Bangles on Wrists

Adorning bangles on wrists

Wearing ring-shaped bangles on wrists help us revert the energy from outside to the insides thereby boosting our metabolism and keeping us active. Same goes for men, who wear kadas for the copper is not just for health but also increases our blood flow and keeps the brain active.

6.  Wearing Toe Rings

Wearing Toe rings

Married Indian Women have been adorning Toe rings since ages and these rings are worn on the second finger next to the thumb, the reason behind this is A particular nerve from this fingers connects to the uterus and flows towards the heart which will aide in regulating menstruation and keeping the uterus health thereby promoting overall women health.

7.  Greeting folks with a Namaste


Joining our hands together enables the ends of our fingers to meet which instigates the right pressure points and aides us in remembering the person for a long, vivid time. Also, greeting with a Namaste is considered a healthier option owing to the fact that it minimalizes the transfer of germs from one person to another than happens often with hand-shakes.

8.  Serving Sweets at the end of meals

 Serving sweets at the end of meals

Its a common practice in India to start serving the spicy dishes as the first course and ending the meal with a sweet dessert the reason behind this is that spicy food instigates extra flow of hydrochloric acid inside your tummy and can lead to formation of gas and acidity which is why the meal is completed with a toss of sweets. Its customary to end meals with a sweet dessert because it can aide in bringing balance and keeping the digestive system well-lubricated.

9.  Eating from Banana Leaves

Eating from banana leaves

Banana leaves are often used to serve meals midst people in South India and apart from the factor that these are readily available and natural; the hidden reason is that theyre a rich source of Vitamin-C.  When hot meals are served on banana leaves, the surface and the stomata of the leaves can ease out oodles of a vitamin that combine with the food and make our body system hale and healthy.

10.  Growing a Neem tree and a Tulsi plant is mandatory in every Brahmin household.

Tulsi tree

Both of these are renowned for their medicinal properties and its supposed to be so good that even inhaling the air in which they are planted is considered to be healthy and oxidizing which is why even South Indian family makes it a point to plant and grow them. They are renowned for curing cold, releasing stress, aiding in better sleep and increasing immunity.

11.  Blowing a conch-shell during prayers

Blowing a conch-shell during prayers

This practice has been handed over many generations and every household in India has at least one conch-shell which they blow during prayers and recitals. Though there are many metaphysical advantages behind the same, the major reason is that it is a good exercise for our lungs and can supplement our respiratory system.

12.  Drinking from Glasses Without Sipping (Lip-contact).

Drinking from glasses without sipping

Drinking from glasses by sipping them can render the transfer of germs and thereby lead to communication of diseases which is why we face so epidemic clauses these days even with such silly things like dengue and common cold. If we stick on to our traditions, we can ultimately stop the epidemics that are hampering normal life and lead a happy and healthy life.


13.  Applying Neem and Turmeric to skin

Applying Neem and Turmeric to skin

Neem and Turmeric are best salves for almost anything and applying their fresh paste on our skin can prevent infections, stop dermal growth and even act as an antiseptic. The list is endless when it comes to these but little do we know for we spend our pocket-money in buying chemical creams and lotions when there is so much goodness available naturally around us in abundance.

Applying Neem and Turmeric to skin

14.  The Vimana of the temple Gopuram is always spike-shaped regardless of which god the temple is built for.

The Vimana of the Gopuram is always spike-shaped in a temple regardless of which god the temple is built for.

The Vimana the spike like structure that rests on top of the Gopuram is made of a costly and a rare metal called iridium that can evade lightning bolts. This has the power to earthen and ground the energy thereby preventing it from landing on humane bodies which is why the temple is built the highest in an area.

15.  Visiting Temples on a regular basis

Visiting Temples on a regular basis

The temples are constructed in such a basis that they are located strategically on a plane that is highly abundant with energy.  Also, the main idol is placed inside a Garbagriha or Moolashtanam where the flow of magnetic waves at the maximum. Also, copper plates are stacked all around the idol which is why anybody who circumambulates the temple and the garbagriha feel zeal of energy from within. This zeal of energy is the flow of positivity that aides in living a fuller and a more satisfied life.

16.  Lighting a lamp every day

Lighting a lamp every day

Lighting a lamp on a regular basis is a traditional practice because it is believed to be the process that can remove darkness and dwelling of bad spirits but theres more to it than what meets the eye for the kind of oil we use to light the lamp has significance as well. When we light a lamp with ghee or gingelly oil, the lamp will last longer owing to the fact that the burning of the same will absorb all bad vibrations in the environment and bring about stability and peace in the family which is why in olden days, most houses used to light lamps in every room they had but as the generations evolved this is being limited to the Puja room only.

17.  Why Do We Not Touch Books With Feet?

Why do we not touch papers or books with feet?

Knowledge rules the roost in the world and touching any form of academic or spiritual material will yield in negative energy that can imbalance the divinity inside us and also the reverential good energy that resonates from these can stoop the energy of our inner-selves very low if we tether them with our feet; which is why they are referred to as Goddess Saraswathi and treated with utmost respect and care in Indian culture.

18.  Chanting OM

Chanting OM

OM- is the most chanted mantra all over the world owing to the factor that this sound symbol has the capacity to resonate calmness and the three letters that form the symbol are said to be representations of the three forms of the world i.e. the three states of matter. In every Indian household, Om is chanted at least 108 times a day. Its also proven that regular chanting of this mantra brings about evolution to a better scale of understanding and resonation inside the human brain and also accelerates blood flow which can boost our metabolism and oxidize our cells. If Om is surrounded by the ring of a bell, its a proven fact that theres no other better stress-buster in this world.

19.  Why do temples have huge-bells?

Why do temples have huge-bells?

The moment we ring a bell, the sound that resonates from it can bring out a balance between the nerves of our left and right brain and thereby activate all seven healing points in our body which is why it is customary to ring a bell on a visit to the temple. The major effect is that it transfuses and flushes the brain off from all kinds of negative thoughts thereby promoting healthy and happy living.

20.  Why do people circumambulate ( go around and worship)  the Peepal tree?

pipal tree

Folks of this generation would laugh at the fact that ancient generation had the habit of circumambulating around the Peepal tree that is of no-use in any regard, it doesnt yield tasty fruits nor does it provide wood. But the scientific reason behind it is the fact that it provides almost 50% more oxygen than other tress and that it yields oxygen even at night which is why planting one in the area can rejuvenate and resonate good energy and oxygen level in the atmosphere.

21.  Applying Mehendi on palms and legs

Applying henna on palms and legs

Application of Henna on your palms and legs can help to cool the body system down, resonating positivity and also act as a great stress-buster. It also aides in proper functioning of your nervous system and helps to reduce nerve twitching due to high tension.
We hope that you found this post interesting enough to delve and accept the fact that you should be proud of our culture and the strings attached along with it.
From now on, if someone chides you for being traditional and orthodox rub these on their face and make them understand that, theres logic behind anything we follow!

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