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IN People ON 23 Jan, 2015
No wonder it's called Incredible!
There is probably nothing you can say about this country of diversity to make people love it. To praise her beauty, culture or tradition will turn into a series of understatements. Anyone who comes here becomes romantic about her. India is the land of bliss!
We have some really beautiful traditions that only make me proud being an Indian. While, there are vices that we are trying really hard to fight- a few traditions are worth our respect. They have reasons and Logics that will make you believe in them.
Come on in! I greet you to travel India and know it closer.
Joining hands with respect and greeting in India is a deeply interwoven part of its culture. Science suggests that when you join hands, you exert pressure on the tips of your fingers. These pressure points have a clear connection to your brain. They boost your face memory and aid you in remembering the person for long! If by any chance you are very peculiar about hygiene, there is silver lining for you. When there is no physical contact, there will be no germs exchanged!
Generally, toe rings in India are worn by women who are married, in the second toe. Apart from the fact that they look extremely beautiful on her delicate feet, there is a major scientific reason behind it. There is a nerve in the second toe, that connects the uterus. Wearing a toe ring, thus ensures that when she is ready, she is also strong. It strengthens the uterus and also helps in maintaining a regular menstrual cycle. Also, silver being a good conductor attracts positive energies and passes it to the body.
We all are looking for an easy way to get our wishes granted. It is probably not going to work, but what is the harm in trying it anyway. So, with a sigh, deep breath and your wish escaping your lips, you drop the coin in water. Well, I am sorry folks if you are wondering there is going to be any secret behind wishes being granted- there is none. It is really a matter of FAITH here. But, all of this started as a really intelligent cover-up by our ancestors. To ensure that our natural sources of water had enough copper in it, they made people drop coins in the water. At the time, coins were made of copper, unlike stainless steel today. Copper is essential for the body.
The space between the eyebrows is a major point where nerve endings are located. A red Bindi/Kumkum for women and Tilak for men ensures that there is no loss of positive energy from the body. It also ensures effective levels of concentration.
The sound of a perfectly carved bell rings in your year to create unity in your right and left parts of the brain. It echos in your brain for seven long seconds. This time is long enough for the body to activate all the seven healing points. Consequently, all negative thoughts go away.
Marriages call for celebration, years of togetherness and so much love. For the two people who decide to spend their rest of the lives together, it is a big day. Nervousness and stress are bound to settle in. Not only for them, but the whole family because of the Big-Fat-Indian Wedding tradition, the pressure from the society is huge. To soothe things up, Mehndi is a really good alternative. Henna/Mehndi has medicinal properties. Applying it to hands and feet cools down the body and relieves stress. It will also make sure that you do not fall ill on your big day.
Well, if you are Desi by nature, you probably need no justification for this. Meals when eaten this way, double the appetite and taste! But there is a scientific explanation for it as well. When you sit on the floor, you have to sit cross-legged (Sukhasana). This way of sitting makes sure that your brain is calm and prepared for digestion.
They say that the other side houses the devil. So, to stay away from the negativity and bad stuff, you need to align your head anywhere but north when you sleep. Partly true, you see. Here is why. Our earth is a giant suspended magnet. When you sleep with your head in the North direction, your magnetic field becomes completely asymmetrical to the Earth. This causes problems like blood pressure because your heart has to work hard to pump blood against the magnetic field. Deep.
Apart from being a huge fashion statement and undoubtedly a shimmering piece jewellery to add to her breathtaking beauty there is so much more to an earring. The ear piercings help in speech restraint. It develops intellect and improves decision-making.
To look at the morning sun through water or directly, is very good. It improves eyesight and concentration. Also, getting up in the morning is a good practice, after all.
It was mandatory for the male to keep long hair and to put them together in a low laid pony in the earlier times. Even today, the learned people and Pandit keep their hair in "Choti". Sushrut Rishi, the pioneer of surgery, explained that "Shikha" or Choti keeps that part of the head safe and covered which is the centre of all wisdom.
There is no explaining this. Time and again, our elders kept on telling us how fasting for a day improves digestion and solves many health related issues. Also, science suggests that limiting the amount of calorie intake keeps you free from, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, immune disorders.
"Ek Aurat Ke Sir Ka Taj Hota hai....Eek Chutki Sindoor." Vermillion or sindoor is her pride, when she gets married. This is what it does to her. Vermilion is a mixture of turmeric lime and mercury. It is believed to relieve her from stress and increase sexual drive. It also controls Blood Pressure.
To any regular guy, peepal tree is only useless. It gives shade but otherwise it does not have any good quality wood or a fruit that is edible. But our ancestors knew that peepal was the only tree that produces Oxygen even at night. To make sure that it is never cut down, they started worshipping it. This is brilliant!
Like Peepal, the idea to worship this herb took birth in the first place because it has countless of medicinal properties. Holy Basil, as it is called, it's consumption in the morning tea or any other form will render immunity. Tulsi Plant in home keeps away mosquitoes and other insects.
Scientists say that a visual leaves an impact in your heart and mind which is much more pronounced that any other medium. They say that your thinking will alter with the kind of objects you view. To increase the concentration, while you pray or to have something palpable to believe in, the idea of idol worship came into being.
Wrist is always in constant activation in the human body. And when it comes to women and their hand gestures, they tend to use their hands much more often than men. So, these bangles cause constant friction in her hand increasing the blood circulation levels.