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8 Momentous Traditions That Indian Women Left Behind

Updated on June 8, 2016
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Indian culture is filled with ancient traditions and rituals which have always been famous among Mauryas, Cholas, and Mughals to the period of British Empire.

Intricate decoration of Indian is a tradition from ancient times. Indian women often have many beautiful pieces of jewellery and accessories. Indian folklore has adorned them with golden ornaments and draped them in handmade silk and still worships them in temples. Traditional values are considered to be a part of their ‘sanskar’ and the etiquettes they are bought up with. The westernization of woman is considered as following her birthright and a realization of modernization that is creeping into the Indian, steadily and diminishing the age-old practices values clashing of Indian women. But the thing that can be more easily accepted is the western ideology stealthily accompanying the notion of a woman's culture and diminishing the ornamental values & poise, women used to carry, in the name of myth.

We can call them as “The Science Behind Traditions”. Have a look at these traditions and the cropping science behind them.

1. Bindi

It’s a norm for the Hindu Community, irrespective of their gender that gracing the forehead with Roli (Tilak) is being considered as paying respect and welcoming anyone to their homes or communities. The major Chakra of our human body is located at the centre of our eye brows. Apart from enhancing the level of concentration and focussing; it makes sure that it regulates the blood flow to all the facial muscles.

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2. Sindoor

In India, every woman who is married applies Sindoor in their pituitary gland or the partition between hair (located on forehead).Talking about its core ingredients ,the pure Sindoor is just made up of lime and turmeric, which possess the properties of a blood pressure controlling agent. It helps in activating the sexual drive as well. This is the inference behind why Sindoor is said to be strictly prohibited for the widows in India.

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3. Bangles:

The tingling of the frictional force produced by those bangles on the wrist of the Indian women enhances the rate of blood circulation. The circular shape of the bangles has the power of emitting electromagnetic energy and is assumed to penetrate out through the upper derma layer,but it keeps revolving their itself forming a closed loop and leaving no nook or corner for the energy to escape.

4. Ear Piercing

The tradition of piercing the child’s ear in his/her early age is considered as the healthy and pain-free practice followed all across the country. Exclusive of adding a spark of elegance and style in wearing earrings, this fashionable tradition carries its own scientific justification. As physicians say, piercing the ear aggravates the thinking power, improves the intellectual power and advancement of decision-making capabilities. It also helps to overcome the speech restraints. Apart from all this, it helps in keeping ear problems at a bay. This trend is very popular in western countries, people are so fond that they generally do this on their own. There are even machines are available for ear piercing. But, I would like to suggest to be extra careful if you are trying to do it on your own. At times, it becomes horrible if not done properly that may lead to puss formation and severe pain. It is always better to consult some experienced professional for the same.

5. Mehndi

Wedding and functions cause a lot of anticipations and emotional breakthroughs for the bride, and she has to face a lot of uninvited stress and fatigue during this. This decorative herb, when applied will not only make you feel prettier, but also it has its own scientific reasons .Mehndi is applied to hand and feet in Indian culture to beautify and also it helps in calm down the nerve system when applied till nerve ending points at both hands and feet. It acts as a natural sunscreen as well and prevents your skin from tanning. Many women love to cover their nails with Mehndi as it embraces the design and also acts as a nail strengthening and nourishing element. The aroma of Mehndi is so enlivening that calms the nerves and aids in cajoling sound sleep. It is said that Mehndi inculcates the regulation of menstrual cycle, and thus is a symbol of spiritual happiness, benevolence, and good fortune. Mehndi has been modified as white henna, black henna and in temporary tattoos. But traditional henna comes with so many designs as Rajasthani mehndi, dulha-dulhan mehndi, arabic mehndi etc and brides still preferred these traditional designs for weddings and occasions.

6. Toe-Ring

Women in India are seen wearing toe-rings on their second finger. Theirs’s a specific nerve on that finger that directly connects the uterus and passes through her heart. It, therefore, helps in strengthing the uterus and also helps in regulating menstrual cycle. Also, silver is known as good conductor and hence it can absorbs polar energy from the earth that passes to the body.

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7. Nose Ring

A nose ring also considers as the pious symbol for married woman. It is believed in some regions, that “a pierced nose” is significant of the fact that a girl has now attained her mature age (with mature age, I meant, the age of marriage) and demarcates her as prepared for getting married. Ayurveda being a system of ancient medicine also believes that a hole used to made to wear toe ring in left nostril of a woman’s help relieves some contraction pain during childbirth.

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8. Wedding Rings

Wedding rings are symbolic of the priceless desire of love, and there are many stories behind this tradition . The shape of the ring- circle has no beginning and an end. Is always considered as infinite, like the Earth.It is a thought that vein in the fourth finger is directly connected to our heart and hence relation lives longer.

Indian Traditions are still considered as superstitions in many regions and are mostly left behind by women today, but we can see that such traditions are based on some scientific knowledge and stand firm from generations to generations as our decayed values. Though most of the population never knew the logic behind them but still they followed them faithfully for over years and we hope to see our new generation following some of them.

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