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Orthodoxy or Science? The True Story Behind Hindu Rituals


Being the youth of 21st century we often devalue our culture, we often laugh at our parents for their orthodoxy behavior. But have we ever thought where this rituals came from? What was the science behind these? Lets discuss few of them

  1. Why we are not allowed to marry our brother/sister/close relatives: The problem in such close relative marriages occurs when one of the partners carries a defected gene which is the reason for some form of illness. When you marry your sister/brother/close relatives who might also be having that faulty gene since that comes from your heredity, the probability of the child having that faulty gene is very high and thus has the defect. But when you marry outside the community, you bring in genes from a much larger gene pool, and the odds that the child will inherit the problem reduce remarkably.
  2. Applying Tilak on forehead: The place where the tilak is applied is a very important and sensitive point. Its a nerve point and while applying tilak, the pressure applied on this nerve point helps this to improve in concentration, also this helps with blood circulation.
  3. The logic behind toe ring: Toe rings are worn on the second toe. There is a nerve which starts from the second toe and connects uterus and passes to heart. The pressure applied by the toe ring on second toe makes the uterus stronger. Thus it helps in keeping a healthy menstrual cycle. It is also said that toe ring also increases sexual urge of women and hence leads to a happy sexual life.  As Silver is a good conductor, it also absorbs polar energies from the earth and passes it to the body.
  4. Sitting on the floor to eat: Though now a days very few people sit on the floor to eat but even in our childhood we used to sit on the floor. The way we sit to have our food is an asana called sukhasana. Sukhasana helps you digest your food better. It also helps you to calm down while having food.
  5. Choti on the male head: The place where we used to have choti is a nexus of all nerves. The choti is supposed to protect it and thus males used to have choti on earlier days.
  6. Married women applying sindur/vermilion on forehead: Sindoor is prepared by mixing turmeric-lime and the metal mercury. Mercury helps controlling blood pressure also activates sexual drive. For best results, Sindoor should be applied right upto the pituitary gland where all our feelings are centered. Mercury is also known for removing stress and strain.

There are scientific logics behind all rituals of Hindu dharma. Be it joining palms to greet (Namaskara) or worshipping Tulsi and Peepal tree. In a nutshell all rituals that we laugh at might not be stupid and might have a deep scientific logic behind that.


Disclaimer: I myself is a firm believer of secularism and gender equality. This post is not to prove the greatness of Hindi Dharma but the objective is to make people understand there might be logic behind any ritual that often we laugh at. Since I came across these facts, I wrote them. If I come across any other facts for any other dharma, will write them too. Also this post is also not to hurt the sentiment of any woman as it mentioned few rituals which are only for married women, as per logic there should have been something for male as well which I couldn’t find. If I come across anything, will love to write about it.



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