From hanging lemons to wearing gemstones, a country with great traditions and cultures in which equally diverse superstitions still persist. We see these superstitions come to life in our daily life, as many people around us follow them out of sheer blind habit. So, often this question comes to mind that “are superstitions real?”
India is very different from other countries. India is today known for its achievements, whether in the field of science and technology or literature. But, even though developing, many baseless superstitions still manifest in the day-to-day conduct of the common man. So, this means these ages-old superstitions are still considered important! Thus, now we have to consciously ponder if we Indians really know about these superstitions? There are cultural values along with scientific reasons imbued in many of these superstitions.
As we know that the Indian culture and tradition is based on science, therefore, we can always relate Indian superstitions with logic. The Superstitions of India in their ideal form have been justified by sages and scholars. Our ancestors may have known the reason behind these superstitions right from the start but, due to misunderstandings through the ages the wrong meaning of these superstitions are being conveyed.
Here are some age-old superstitions of India. We are here with proper reasons, significance and purpose behind these superstitions that will surely help you to understand the essence behind them.
The practice of hanging lemons and chillies on the front door by the shopkeeper. It is believed that if goddess Lakshmi comes to your shop then it will result in a great loss to your business for the day. So, to make the goddess happy her favourite food lemon and chillies are hung by the door. Food that is sour and pungent is considered to be her favourite. Thus, if she finds these at the entrance then she goes away without entering the shop- as the saying goes.
Scientific Proof behind this superstition
Lemon and chillies are rich in vitamin C. When lemon and chillies are pierced in a cotton thread then acid gets spread all over the thread and from the thread, it starts to spread in the air. This air has many health benefits when inhaled. Another reason is that it keeps away mosquitoes and parasites.
This superstition is intrinsic to not only the Indian culture but also common in the west. When you are going somewhere and suddenly, out of nowhere a black cat crosses your path then it is considered a bad omen. In order to save yourself from this situation you must let any other person cross your way first. But, who has time to wait? So, the best option will be to change your way. Black cats have been attributed to this superstition because they are universally considered to be evil by their very looks.
Is there any truth about this superstition?
There is no such scientific proof behind this superstition. It is said that in older days people used to travel long distances by carts which were pulled by animals. While passing through a forest at night big cats like tigers and leopards were on the prowl. If a cat came to cross their path it would alert the traveller and he’d tend to abstain from proceeding further.
There was no sign of these superstitions in cities; it was valid only in jungles. Thus, it seems to be a mere rumour turned superstition.
In India, Goddess Lakshmi comes to your home at the time of sunset. So you should not sweep after sunset. If you will sweep after sunset then, it is considered a sign of disrespect to the Goddess. A bad omen for your business matters, and affairs that deal with money.
Oops! maybe we are not aware of the logic behind this superstition…
The real reason behind this superstition in India is that after sunset in older times there was no light at home, so there was a high chance of breaking something while cleaning. Another reason is that the floor was made of mud, and sweeping at night might cause a dusty environment. Thus, one has to take a bath and taking a bath at night might cause you fever or flu.
According to Vastu Shastra, you should not sleep with your head towards the north. As per Hinduism, only the head of the dead body is placed in the direction of North. Maybe, this is just to make people believe that it is not the correct position.
But is there any scientific reason behind this superstition? Or is it really a superstition?
The scientific reason behind this is that sleeping in the opposite direction of earth makes the energy flow smooth. This enables one to have a goodnight sleep, thus breaking the restlessness caused by Insomnia. That’s why it is recommended to sleep with one’s temple towards the east. In this way, memory fields are neutralized and you get a perfect sleep. This also helps in increasing memory and concentration along with having general health benefits.
Hindu tradition believes that when the body dies, the soul leaves for the north direction. Also, Ayurveda says that the issues of blood pressure and related diseases arise as the body-mind-spirit integration is disturbed.
It is said that if you go near a peepal tree at night then evil spirits might harm you. It is a known fact that plants release oxygen during the daytime through the process of photosynthesis. Whereas, at night they release carbon-dioxide.
Scientific proof behind this superstition
The logic behind this superstition in India is that trees release carbon dioxide at night and if you sleep under the tree at night you’ll feel like suffocating.
In Indian tradition, they believed it as a source of good luck. But is it just good luck?
Know the logic behind this superstition
The practice of throwing copper coins in tanks, where water accumulated was meant to purify the water to the extent that it became drinking water. As these tanks were the main source of water at that time, therefore, putting copper coins in them played the role of a ro water purifier.
Storing water in copper vessels kills harmful diarrheagenic bacteria. Thus our ancestors had started throwing copper coins in the water.
Indians consult astrologers for what they should do to make themselves rich or become free of sins, and more. Then astrologers tend to provide them with different gemstones as per their Kundli. Then, many wear these gemstones with the belief that whatever happens will be to their benefit.
Do you know that these gemstones work on their frequencies?
The scientific reason behind wearing gemstones is that they receive the cosmic rays from all planets in the form of colour-coded frequency and then infuse it into our body through the ring. Colours like green, blue, red influence the rays to enhance the physiological functions of the body.
According to Indian culture, it is believed that it will bring good luck to the person consuming it.
There is certainly more to this. As per Sanatan Dharma luck is all about the efforts and energy.
The scientific reason behind this Superstition is that the combination of Dahi and shakar helps to energize your body by supplying glucose to the brain. Curd is known to have soothing effects on the body and mind therefore, eating Dahi shakar helps in providing instant energy to the body.
According to Indians keeping a knife under the pillow is the easiest way to reassure yourself against nightmares.
Yet again it is about the magnetic fields. Let me explain…
The scientific reason behind keeping a knife underneath the pillow is that it cancels an abnormal magnetic field that causes hallucinations i.e. ghostly experience. By keeping a knife under your pillow the abnormal magnetic field will cancel out.
Read about the relation between Nightmares and knife – Science behind the dreams.
There are various reasons for this. It varies from person to person. Many Indians don’t eat meat on Tuesday and Saturday considering these days as holy days.
The logic behind this superstition
This Indian superstition and the logic behind it is that you should not eat meat on some days so that your stomach gets time to cleanse itself. Some meats are high on fats- saturated fats that can raise the cholesterol level. Thus, increase the risk of a heart disease.
But is eating meat really good? Know more about healthy eating habits in Indian culture.
All superstitions have some scientific reason behind them that reveals the logic behind them. These are old beliefs that are given by great sages and scholars. We must know the scientific reasons behind them instead of blindly following all that we hear.
There are various superstitions in India, most of them have some science behind them. While some depend upon the psychology of the person.
We come to the conclusion that all Superstitions in India have some great facts behind to tell, which make their essence quite interesting. India has many secrets which might not be decoded at this level. All these facts are given by top sages of that time. Therefore, we must follow these superstitions with our minds delving in the logic, that forms the basis of these superstitions.
Not only myths and superstitions but certain practices have also become a taboo in India. Like the myths and taboos associated with menstruation. We have decoded the menstruation myth in India.