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Scientific Reason behind wearing ornaments

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One of the gender role associated with females is appearing all fancy and decorated, especially after marriage. Though natural or internal beauty is the best asset yet external beautification has also become an important part. It is surprise to know that few ornaments, worn as symbol of married women, actually have scientific and health benefits. If they succor in health benefits then why not take the duo advantage.

Significance of toe ring:

 Toe rings or commonly called as ‘bichiya’ are worn in pairs on the second toe of both feet. Some people may also wear more than one set of toe rings, for fashion or even tradition. Apart from the symbol of marital status, it has major women wearing toe ringhealth benefit.

A nerve from the second toe connects the uterus and passes to heart. Wearing toe ring on this finger strengthens the uterus. It also keeps the person healthy by regulating the blood flow to it and menstrual cycle is regularized. As Silver is a good conductor, it also absorbs polar energies from the earth and passes it to the body. These toe rings worn on a particular finger enhance the sexual arousal among the females.

 

Significance of wearing bangles:

Be it in any form ranging from choodha among Punjabis to ivory bangles among women wearing banglesRajasthanis, the material and designs can vary accordingly. Apart from being a jewelry piece, it holds important health benefit. Times when mostly the male members of the house were involved in physical work and ladies were engrossed in household chores the bangles helped the ladies to stay fit. Normally the wrist portion is in constant activation on any human. Also the pulse beat in this portion is mostly checked for all sorts of ailments.

The Bangles used by women are normally in the wrist part of one’s hand and its constant friction increases the blood circulation level. Further the electricity passing out through outer skin is again reverted to one’s own body because of the ring shaped bangles, which has no ends to pass the energy outside and send it back to the body. This maintains the blood pressure and results in stability and patience.

Bidding farewell to the Mortal: Myths regarding the Funeral and End Ceremonies

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shubhpuja.comBirth and end of mortals are a law of nature; everything that has been created by the supreme energy will vanish into it one day. In spite of being aware of it, it’s not easy to let go off someone close to our heart. Yet we have to bid farewell to our beloved ones with a heavy heart. Rituals and ceremonies are performed in both the beginning and end of a soul’s journey on earth to transform the human life into a learning and memorable experience of soul.

The ceremonies and acts involved after death of a human is a sensitive issue among society, often accompanied with various myths and superstitions that need to be dispelled. “Despite the country’s space programme which has sent satellite to Mars, many people in the country still believe in lot of superstitions and evil social practices. There is lack of awareness about scientific temper in the society which is the reason for such superstition,” said by President Pranab Mukherjee in an article published in The Indian Express.

Here few of the myths are considered, justified with facts and scientific reasoning.

 

Why to take a bath right after attending the funeral ceremonies?

Once a person is dead, the body begins the process of decomposition in five major steps including, Initial decay, Putrefaction, Black putrefaction, Butyric putrefaction, Dry decay. As the body loses the ability to fight against bacteria, at times it may prove to be harmful. Since most of the ceremonies are performed near a river, the temperate environment of India makes it more favourable for growth of bacteria. Moreover the scavengers are usually found near cremation grounds that are a major carrier of germs. So keeping the health and hygiene into perspective, bathing proves to be beneficial and it also refreshes the grief struck family members of the dead.

Why are Hindu women not allowed to go to funeral?

To be more clear and precise, none of the source of Hinduism has mentioned about the concept of ‘women are not allowed at the funerals’; in fact at the time of Mahabharata women did take part in the funeral rites. Usually the rituals are performed by the eldest son of the family but if there is no male in the family, then women can also perform those rites. In few of the societies women were prohibited because of the children and other old members at home. Women have a lot of responsibilities at home so the long journeys and the funeral ceremonies may turn to be difficult for them as they can’t stay away from the too long.

Aren’t dead bodies full of dangerous bacteria that can make the living sick?

The microorganisms involved in the process of decomposition are not necessarily disease causing organisms. In one of the Oliver Morgan’s article, he says, “most viruses and bacteria that do cause disease cannot survive more than a few hours in a dead body.” So this is more of a smell and psychological issue rather than health issue. In extreme cases, if the patient is suffering from some contagious disease, then easy precautions like covering the face and hands while handling the dead body must be taken.

Organ donation is against our religion?

As per a report by Shaunaka Rishi Das of the Oxford Centre for Vaishnava and Hindu Studies, most Hindus take the view that after the soul has departed, the body is no more than a machine, and there is nothing to stop the parts being shared with others. In fact Hinduism has mentioned ‘daan’ and ‘dharma’ as niyams in the list of 10 Niyams. So the selfless act of sharing and helping the needy is not against Hindu religion. Moreover most of the major religions approve of the humane act of organ donation. President Mukherjee says, “India has a rate of less than 0.2 donors per one million population. India suffers from organs shortage of gigantic proportions. An estimated two lakh people in our country are diagnosed with organ failure every year, needing transplantation as a life-saving mechanism.

So these are just few of the common myths, which are prevalent among our society that needs to be validated with a proper argument. Awareness is must, especially among the rural sections of the society to get rid of such superficial arguments or rather follow them with a rational approach.

 

Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja

Loving bond between Couples: Karva Chauth and its Scientific Relevance

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The warmth of festive season is at its peak. Beautifully attired women, with henna applied on their hands offering prayers to Moon for the long life span of her partner (Pati-parmeshwar), is a long known tradition in Hinduism. Yea I am talking about the pious fasting of Karva-Chauth, where married women fast for the long life of their husbands and maintain peace and prosperity among the family relations. Numerous beliefs and sentiments have been attached to this festival, varying as per geographical relevance and traditions.

When is Karva Chauth celebrated?shubhpuja.com

Literally ‘Karva’ mean earthen oil lamp and ‘Chauth’ means four; thus this festival falls on the fourth day of the Kartik month according to the Hindu calendar. It is generally observed eight days after Dussehra. This is also the time when the onset of Rabi crops begin, so people used to gather together to wish and pray for a good harvest in this season.

Origin of Karva Chauth:

The initial significance of fasting on the day of karva Chauth was entirely different than what it has emerged with years. This festival was celebrated to symbolise the loving relationship between the bride and other women in her in-laws, who would be best-friends or sisters for life. As the girl was away from her parents and could not share her emotions with anyone in her in-laws, so she searched for her support and became friend with another lady. Now she could freely discuss her marital life as well as other stories, which leads to a strong bond between them. This festival was a signal to celebrate and honour their friendship between god-friends or god-sisters. Later the sentiments of fasting for the longevity of her husband were attached to this.

Scientific relevance of Karva Chauth:

The association between fasting by wife and increased life span of the husband is treated differently by various people. Few of them follow it because of traditional values and others might be reluctant and do it by force. So the clear picture is always a question wandering in our heads. Scientifically fasting has a biological relevance due to higher detoxification and protein synthesis in the body. As per the study of starvation-resistant biological program, it is proven that the stem cell potency and reproductive potential is preserved during the process. Whereas the high orgasmic frequency among human beings increase their span of living. Now if we attach both the results together, it is clear that fasting leads to longer reproductive capability among females and thus more sexual activity during her long life. It directly affects her partner, thus increasing his life expectancy.shubhpuja.com

Along with this, praying to Moon during Kartik month has extra benefits as the coolness and calmness provides us with better body metabolism. The heat and energy in the body is controlled which in turn is concerned with the digestive, enzymatic, and endocrine systems.

Thus the nirjalahaar (without food and water) vrat along with ‘sargi’ (food before observing fast) and ‘baayna’ (gifts offered to in-laws) results in maintaining a precious bond between families. It provides will power to the females and reciprocates their love for her husband. The mythological importance has also been mentioned in Mahabharata, where Draupadi inquires about the fast from Lord Krishna.

 

Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja