Why Do We Say 'Namaste'? Science Behind Our Indian Traditions Explained

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Why do we say ‘Namaste’ or why do married women wear toe rings? Or what is the point of wearing a bindi on the forehead? We all have grown up observing these practices around us. Some of us may have pondered over their implications, while some never cared to think about it. For those of you who are still curious, we have all the answers!

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1.The Science behind ‘Namaste’

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‘Namaste’ is used for greeting someone. It is does done by joining all the fingers of both the hands together with the fingertips pressing against each other. This joining of hands allows the vital points of the fingers activates pressure points which are directly linked to our eyes, ears and mind. This allows us to remember the identity of the person for a long time.

2. The Red Bindi

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Wearing the red bindi is a commonly followed tradition of our culture. Most married women wear it like a badge of honour, but why? The science behind this tradition suggests that ‘Tilak’ or ‘Bindi’ activates a major nerve point present in this region which stimulates the blood supply to our face and it also protects against loss of energy.

3. Toe ring

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Wearing a toe ring on the second toe is not just a fashion choice, it is also a very useful practice for women.  On the second toe, there is a nerve that connects the uterus to the heart. It not only strengthens the uterus but also regulates the menstrual cycle. The silver ring also helps to absorb the energy present in the Earth right through our body.

4. Ringing Temple bells

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The spiritual explanations suggest that the sound of ringing bells and its echoes are pleasant to God. They drive all the evil away from the place of its origin. The bells not only brings out devotion but it also improves our concentration. The loud thud and echoing sound sharpens our sense while unifying both the sections of our brain. It also helps to cleanse our mind of negativity and it also activates the seven vital chakras of healing in our body.

5. Spicy Food & Sweet dessert

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Spicy food is something that our country is renowned for. People of foreign origins regards our food as the spiciest in the world. Indeed we eat a spicy main course and end it with something sweet. Why do we do that? The science behind this tradition has to do with our digestive system. Spicy food activates the system and mobilizes the process to function smoothly, while sweets trigger the bipolar reaction, slowing the process down.

6. Application of Mehendi

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Mehendi on our hands and legs, not only works as a ‘desi’ version of tattoos but it also has scientific reasoning behind it.  Mehndi is often applied on hands and legs of the people who are about to get married. Those days can be stress and its anticipation can wear out the bride and the groom. The application of  Mehendi cools the body and it also aids in calming the stressed nerves down.

7. Sindoor

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Sindoor is made out of the mixture of turmeric, mercury and lime. Women wear it on their forehead and hair parting. The presence of mercury activates sexual drive. The ‘Sindoor’ should be worn all the way till our pituitary gland, as it is the epicentre of all our feelings.

8. Wearing Bangles

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Wearing bangles not only is appealing and really fashionable, but it also helps us in our bodily functions. Wrist portion of our body contains the point where our pulses can be heard or recorded. The friction caused by the moving bangles elevates the level of blood flow. It also reverts the electricity back to our body which usually exits through our skin.

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