India is the land of countless rituals and traditions. Even though we are born in this pristine land, we lack the understanding behind these rituals and traditions and tag them as superstitious. Our ancestors have put a lot of effort while making these rituals for our health and well-being.
If given a closer look, these rituals are not as superstitious as they seem at first glance and have hardcore logic behind them. Everybody knows how the whole world shifted to Namaste instead of shaking hands during this pandemic.
In today’s article, we will talk about some rituals and the logic behind to support them.
1. Significance of Navratri
Navratri means ‘9 auspicious nights’. It is celebrated in India twice a year; once in March-April during the beginning of summer and once in September-October during the beginning of winter.
When given a closer look one will observe that these are celebrated at the two junctures of season change. When seasons change the inner chemistry of the human body also changes, and during these changes the body’s immunity goes down, making our body more prone to infections.
It was observed that fasting is good to help us in this situation. If not fasting it was advised to keep the diet light during Navratri. This fasting was not just to increase the immunity but was also a half-yearly way to detox the body.
2. Why worship the Peepal tree?
The peepal tree during the day exhales a large amount of oxygen. Women were advised to walk around the tree early during the day for ideal hormonal balance. Apart from this Peepal tree also has medicinal uses like bark powder is used for healing wounds, roots treat stomatitis, fruits are laxative, etc.
Many people might also be familiar with the saying that ghosts reside in the branches of the Peepal tree during the night. The reason behind this is that during the night the Peepal tree releases large amounts of carbon-dioxide and anyone who will sleep under it will be deprived of oxygen. So, our ancestors find a way that we at the time will find most reasonable to keep us away from the tree during the night.
3. Why women wear make-up?
Traditionally eyeliner was designed as a way to apply cooked medicinal herbs like Amalaki, Haritaki, and Berberry to keep the eyes clean and prevent them from infection.
Gold jewelry is not just a status symbol but it regulates the body temperature and provides immunity.
Bangles, nose ring, toe rings, and earrings are a way to constantly stimulate the acupressure points which help women to regulate mensural cycles and maintained ideal hormonal balance.
4. Why tilak is applied?
Tilak is applied between the eyebrows, this spot, is called Ajna Chakra. Applying tilak there is said to conserve subtle energy and maintains focus. Our ancestors also found that sandalwood is very effective if applied at the Ajna Chakra. This also explains why women bear bindi at the same spot.
5. Never sleep facing North
We all know the earth is a large bar magnet with North and South pole. It has a strong magnetic pull towards the pole. Living in the Northern hemisphere if we keep our head in the North direction and stay in the same position for 6-7 hours it will put pressure on our brain.
From head to toe, we are all soaked in rituals that are well thought and not just some arbitrary practices. As the world advanced, even we Indians found ourselves draped in Western culture because we didn’t know about the science supporting our rituals. But now, even science agrees that our rituals have some meaning behind them.