We often have various questions regarding Indian traditions. Questions like ‘Is there any science behind astrology?’ might occur very often. Indian superstitions are treated as myths but many of those have proved to be scientific also. There is deep science behind astrology in Indian Vedas. Here is a list of 10 scientific facts behind Indian traditions.
1. Significance of Namaste
Namaste is also known as Namaskara, is the traditional way to greet people in India. The Indian tradition is known to be billions of years old. It might be done to show respect or greet people traditionally, it was believed that as we give respect to others we become modest and our ego decreases. But scientifically doing Namaskar has a wider aspect. When we join our hands together, the tips of our fingers touch at points which are known to be the pressure points for eyes, ears, and mind. Pressing them together activates the pressure points which help us remember that person for a long time.
2. Why Do We Touch The Feet Of Our Elders?
Touching the feet of our elders is another way of showing respect. The Indian tradition began in the Vedic period. There are various scientific reasons behind this:
• The human body possesses both negative and positive currents of electricity. Negative current flows through the left side of the body and the right side contains positive current. And so it is suggested that while touching the feet, we should cross our hands. The positive and current negative current flows jointly in a circuit. Thus, both the currents form a well-defined circuit.
• We all know that nerves are present throughout the body. These nerves end at the fingertips of hands and feet. When we touch our fingertips to the opposite feet of the elder, the energies of two bodies are connected.
• Bending to touch the feet also increases blood circulation.
3. Why Do We Worship Tulsi Plant?
Tulsi is considered the most sacred plant and worshipped because of its connection to Lord Vishnu. According to Indian traditions, the plant is said to be the earthly form of the goddess Tulsi who is a devoted worshipper of Lord Krishna. Tulsi is a remarkable antibiotic. It increases immunity helps prevent diseases, stabilize health condition, balance our body system and most important of all prolongs life. Keeping Tulsi at home can prevent insects and mosquitoes from entering the house. And that is why it is said to plant Tulsi in our homes.
4. Reason behind Worshipping Idols.
Worshipping idols is a vastly followed Indian tradition and is said to increase concentration during prayers. In the Vedic period, idol worship was established so that when people view idols it is easy for them to concentrate and gain spiritual energy and meditate without mental distractions.
5. Why Do We Throw Coins In The Rivers?
You might think that throwing a coin in the rivers will bring you good luck or fulfill your wishes. However, people in the Vedic period had reasons deeper than this. During that time, the currency used was made of copper. Copper is a vital metal very useful to the human body. Throwing coins in the river ensured we intake sufficient copper as part of the water as rivers were the only source of drinking water.
6. Why do women wear toe rings?
Wearing toe rings is usually worn by married women as it brings good luck or nowadays even for fashion. But as per the Indian tradition, toe rings are to be worn on the second toe. Now, a particular nerve from the second toe connects the uterus and passes to heart. Wearing toe ring on this finger strengthens the uterus. It keeps it healthy by regulating the blood flow and the menstrual cycle. Toe rings are usually made of silver as silver is a good conductor; it absorbs polar energies from the earth.
7. The Science behind Navratri
Navratras occur twice a year, unlike other festivals. And it’s an age-old Indian tradition to fast during Navratras. There is a scientific reason behind it. Both these months are of changing seasons and our eating habits in both the seasons are quite different. Fasting during Navratras gives enough time to the body to adjust itself with the changing season. These nine days help us clean our body system by keeping fasts by avoiding excessive salt and sugar and gain a lot of positive energy.
8. Applying Mehndi On Wedding day.
Mehndi is usually applied for good luck and long life of our partners on the wedding day. But there is science behind using this medicinal herb. Weddings often cause headaches and fevers. Applying Mehndi prevents too much stress because it cools the body and keeps the nerves from becoming tense. It is applied to the hands and the feet as they have the nerve endings of our bodies.
9. Your head should not face towards the North while sleeping.
There might be various religious reasons behind this Indian tradition. But if we see according to science, the human body has a heart’s magnetic field, because of the flow of blood. When we sleep with our head towards the north, our body’s magnetic field becomes completely asymmetrical to the Earth’s Magnetic field. This may cause problems related to blood pressure, headaches, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s disease, and brain degeneration.
10. Science behind intermittent fasting.
The human body is composed of 80% liquid and 20%, the gravitational force of the moon affects the fluid contents of the body. This causes emotional imbalances in the body, tension, irritability and violent nature. Fasting lowers the acid content in the body which helps people to stay calm. The Science behind intermittent fasting states that it also helps in detoxification, reduces the risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes.