Superstitions & Blind Beliefs in India

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-Jainismus Mahavir Sanglikar

Like any other countries, you will find a lot of superstitions and blind beliefs in people of India. The number of superstitions and blind beliefs in India is very large as the Indian society is made of people belonging to various religious, cultural, ethnic, linguistic and racial groups. There are many common superstitions in the people belonging to various groups. On the other hand each group has some special blind beliefs and superstitions.

The origin of the blind beliefs and superstitions in India is in the cultural exchange between different groups, both indigenous and foreign.

Some blind beliefs and superstitions are actually not blind beliefs and superstitions, but some wisdom, and also experiences of people for a long time.

My this article gives you a brief information on the topic.

Religious Superstitions & Blind Beliefs

Everybody who belong to a religion thinks that his or her religion is the greatest, scientific etc. The religion except Jainism and Buddhism believe in creator God. But most of the Jains and Buddhist also believe in such imaginary God. I think that God is the biggest superstition in the world, and the root cause of many of the superstitions and blind beliefs.

Most of the people in India who believe in God, visit temples, Churches, Dargahs etc. and pray for their worldly requirements. They think that the God will fulfill their wishes. In exchange, these people offer something worldly, to the imaginary God. Such offering includes Coconut, Donation, Gold ornaments, Chaddar (a coverlet) etc.

Hindus consider Cow as an auspicious animal. They believe that there are 33 Crores of Gods in the body of Cow.

Superstitions & Blind Beliefs Related to Numbers

* Number 1, 5, 10, 11, 21, 51, 101, 108, 501, 1001, 1008 are considered as auspicious number in majority of people, and these numbers have a special importance in Jainism and Hinduism.

* Number 3 is considered as an inauspicious or evil number. orthodox people avoid this number. Traveling by three persons together is avoided.

* Number 786 is considered as an auspicious and lucky one number in Muslim community.

* Many people believe in numerology. They prefer their own lucky numbers for there vehicles etc. and are ready to pay big fee for getting such numbers.

Superstitions & Blind Beliefs Related to Directions

* In Hindu and Jain society, East and North directions are considered as auspicious, South is considered inauspicious. West is also considered as inauspicious, but not as inauspicious as South. They avoid to build a home, shop, or any type of building, of which the frontage of the building comes to South. Preferred direction is East, and then North.

* Right side is considered as auspicious, while left side is considered as inauspicious. In any religious rituals, people use their right hand. In rituals wife always sit on left side of her husband as she is considered as a secondary 'thing'. Even at the time of the marriage, the place of the bride is at the left of the groom.

* people give or take money, ornaments, gifts or even a flower by right hand only.

* Sleeping head facing North or West is avoided.

Superstitions & Blind Beliefs Related to Days

* Most people avoid cutting their nails on Saturday. They also avoid to shave of cut hairs on this day.

* Buying certain things on Saturday is avoided. Such things include edible oil.

* Many people avoid to make payments on Saturday.

* Buying of any new things including Land, House, vehicles, TV, Fridge, Ornaments, Computers is preferred on auspicious days, especially on the days of festivals.

* No moon day is considered as an inauspicious day. Many people think that at the night of No moon day, Ghosts come out and wander here and there.

* Eclipse of Sun or Moon is considered as a bad astrological sign. many people avoid buying, traveling, starting new business on such occasions.

* New shops are started only on auspicious days, especially on festivals.

* Inauspicious days are avoided for shifting home. Some people do not travel on inauspicious days.

The origin of superstitions about Saturday is in cultural and business contacts with Jewish people, who were settled in West coast of India.

The superstition about Saturday has given birth to a saying in Marathi language: Naakartyaacha Vaar Shaniwar, means Saturday is the day of hopeless people.

Superstitions & Blind Beliefs Related to Animals

As I have written above, cow is considered as an auspicious animal in Hindus. Urine of a cow is a sacred thing for many Hindus. The tail of cow is considered as the most sacred part of this animal. For Hindus, cow is mother.

Besides cow, elephant and snake are auspicious animals for Hindus.

Crow is an important bird in India in the sense of blind beliefs. If a crow crows in front of a home, it is considered as an intimation of coming of relatives or guests.

Owl is considered as an inauspicious bird.

If a lizard falls on one's head or body, he is going to die soon. (But in actual, he lives in fear of death for many days, and then forgets it).

If a bird drops on your head or body, it is a good luck.

More Superstitions and Blind Beleifs

* People do not sweep their house at night, otherwise, Lakshmi, the Goddess of prosperity will leave the home, they think. Actually, this was to avoid missing of small valuable things while sweeping when there was no electricity in older days. But the tradition is continue.

* Most people think that matching of horoscope is a must thing in choosing a bride or groom, for their happy life.

* Student eat curd with sugar or jaggery before going to exams. They believe that it will bring good marks.

* Breaking of mirror is a bad sign.

* Showing a mirror to kids is avoided.

* Just before few decades, taking photographs of kids was avoided.

* Putting a small spot of lampblack on a cheek of kids save them from all evils.

* Wearing a black thread around your waist will save you from all evils.

* When leaving home if one sees a widow, that is not a good sign for him.

* If someone is going out, one should not ask him "Where are you going?". If someone asks such question while you are going out, it is not a good sign.

* One should not give salt in other's hand. If you give it hand there will be a quarrel between them in near future.

* If the coins in your hand accidentally fall down, you are going to get money. (So true, as you pick up the coins and thus get money).

* If your shoes are stolen by someone, you are a lucky man. All the evil things with you are gone now. (+ You get new shoes...)

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Comments 45 comments

eashanwali 2 years ago

Indians are highly superstitious – there’s no denying the fact! These superstitions though are followed by even the most educated of us….To know more log on to http://www.collegeokplease.com/rofl/11-indian-supe...


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Narayan Amin 2 years ago from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Wow well written.


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AbhijeetMohapatra 2 years ago from Bhubaneswar, India

It is great reading your blogs. Can you please provide me with your mail id so i can forward you something interesting.


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rambofen044 3 years ago from Raipur

Well written and very Interesting.. Got lot of learning about different Culture.. Thanks for sharing


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

jainismus,

This is a really interesting hub because I know very little about India, let alone its superstitions. Breaking a mirror is also considered bad luck in America. Other signs of bad luck are walking under a ladder and having a black cat cross your path. Voted up as very interesting and sharing with followers and on Facebook.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thank you Elena, you found it interesting...


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Very interesting read. The Lizard one made me laugh. Beliefs are powerful. Shukuriya. :-)


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Nick Hanlon 4 years ago from Chiang Mai

Great hub as usual.Sir Donald Bradman,the great cricketer, thought all superstitions we're rubbish.In Australia 87 is considered bad luck.Then there is stepping on cracks,walking under ladders,breaking mirrors,horse shoes with the open end facing up....


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thanks Nyamache for reading the Hub and commenting on it.


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Nyamache 4 years ago from Kenya

Well researched hub. Some religions and beliefs can be really strange. Urine of a cow is a sacred thing for many Hindus.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

unknown spy, thank your for the comments, you are right when you say that most people just dont believe on it anymore especially when they're torn between believing and time.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

interesting hub to learn more about supertitious beliefs of other place and people. we also have these beliefs but i think most people just don't believe on it anymore especially when they're torn between believing and time.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Olde Cashmere, thanks for the comments.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thank you Sir, for reading the Hub and commenting on it.


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Intriguing read jainismus. Always interesting to get a peek of the beliefs in other cultures and I thank you for sharing. Voted up, and interesting :)


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

That was very interesting. I think it is fascinating to learn about the customs and beliefs of other cultures. Thank you for educating me.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thanks Vinaya for reading the Hub and commenting on it.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thanks for reading the Hub and putting comments on it here.

I found the answer to the query on number 786, please have look: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/786_%28number%29#In_r...


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

What a huge list of interesting superstitions and blind beliefs! Some I know like the cow being sacred in India and unfortunately I have seen the left side being for women and the reasons mentioned, before in other cultures.

The numbers deemed unlucky are interesting, I am curious to know why is 786 so lucky?

Thanks for a very interesting hub on India's superstitions and beliefs! voted and shared on!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

People in Nepal also have superstitions about most of these things. Thanks for sharing.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thanks Lady_E for reading the Hub and leaving a comment on it.

So you know Hindi?


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Very interesting - especially losing the shoes and dropping coins.

Shukriya.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thank you Mary.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I love to read Hubs about other countries. This was very interesting. I've read about some superstitions in India but not all these.

I voted this Hub UP, Mary


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thanks Christy for the comment.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Superstitions are so interesting - especially the numbers ones... Good read here.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thank you whowas for reading the Hub and commenting on it.


whowas 4 years ago

That is a very interesting insight into the superstitions and blind beliefs of India. It is especially interesting to note how many of those beliefs - practically all of them - have their near identical equivalents in almost every society across the globe.

I suspect that there is a basic by-product of our evolutionary development that means that we have 'pattern-seeking brains' and so, even when there is no evidence of ultimate order or meaning in the universe, we seek to impose it by means of these rituals and superstitions.

Interesting hub, thank you.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thanks Neha, for reading the Hub.


neha 4 years ago

nice information.thanks


summerberrie 4 years ago

Wow, this is really fascinating. Thanks for sharing. Superstitions are interesting. Some people really take them seriously. I think everyone has at least one superstitious person in their family or some blind belief they adhere to. I guess our family still eats hopp'n johns and collards on New Years day and throw salt over the shoulder. I still walk around ladders, but really don't belief them-just habit.


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India

Very interesting. Great hub! :)


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Hello Jainismus, I suppose superstitions exist in every culture. There are certainly some interesting Indian superstitions. Looks like breaking a mirror isn't a good thing in very many cultures. Thanks for giving us such interesting information.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Jainismus

Thank you for sharing.

I was surprised to read that the owl is consider an inauspicious bird. In North America it is known as wise.

The superstition about the left being inauspicious and that women are secondary things is terrible in my opinion. I wonder if these women feel the same way about themselves.

Voted up and awesome

Have a good weekend. :)


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

drbj, Thank you for your comments. You are always welcome to India.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thanks always exploring, for reading the Hub..


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thanks for reading the Hub and sharing your views.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

If I ever have the good fortune to visit your beautiful country, Jain, I will take along this list of superstitions and blind beliefs. Would not want to antagonize anyone.

Old superstitions die hard with any people in any country.


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pramodgokhale 4 years ago from Pune( India)

Yes it is a burden and we share all for nothing.Anyone near to us either friend or relative they are engaged in practices related to superstition under the name the God. They offer or pour oil on Statue of the God because he rewards them when needed but actually they have gains because of their skill and efforts.

i tried at my best to bring people out of blind belief.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Interesting read. Learning about other cultures is beneficial. Thank you for sharing..


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Interesting read. I see that there are many Indian rituals and beliefs that would require a lot of memorization and practice in order to live out faith.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thank you Russ, for reading the Hub and commenting on it.


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rfmoran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

Fascinating Hub Mahavir. I have a friend who recently returned from India. I'm sharing this with her and look forward to her reaction. Voted up and interesting. Russ Moran


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India Author

Thanks


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supremewelfary 4 years ago from a human world

good observation

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