- Religion and Philosophy
Luck from Hindu beliefs
Different people from different parts of the world have strong faith in their local beliefs,India is no exception.Beliefs and superstitions vary from region to region.It is very difficult to imagine what happens in the very next moment.It may be good or bad,but we always expect for a good thing to happen in our life than hoping for the bad.Different symbols,signs,mantras, prayers and superstitions are passed down from generation to generations in Hindu society.These are meant to protect from evil spirits and give luck.
It is believed that presence of holy basil or 'Tulsi' in the house gives luck and happiness.Hindus worship tulsi both in morning and evening.Many families have the tulsi planted in a specially built structure, which has images of deities installed on all four sides, and an alcove for a small earthen oil lamp. Some households can even have up to a dozen tulsi plants on the verandah or in the garden forming a "tulsi-van".It has a great medicinal value, a prime herb in ayurveda.Tulsi is a kind of "the elixir of life" as it promotes longevity.
Deeparadhana, literally meaning ‘worship with lights’. During this time, lights lit out of camphor and natural oil or ghee is used to honor and glorify the idol. On festival days, in certain temples, Deeparadhana will be performed after the idol is adorned with Thiruvabharanam. Bells and other religious instruments accompany the ritual.It's a tradition to light a lamp first before starting any auspicious events,Vedic rituals, daily prayers. Light is a symbol of 'purity'. It is believed that light removes the darkness, grief & unhappiness from our soul.
Rangoli is a traditional decorative folk art of India. They are decorative designs on floors of living rooms and courtyards during Hindu festivals and are meant as sacred welcoming area for the deities and guests.The purpose of Rangoli is decoration and it is thought to bring good luck.Design-depictions may also vary as they reflect traditions and practices that are unique to each area. It is traditionally done by women. Rangoli is a symbol of religious and cultural beliefs.The base material is usually dry or wet granulated rice or dry flour, slurry and colours are a modern variation.
The bindi is the most visually fascinating of all forms of body decoration. Hindus attach great importance to this ornamental mark on the forehead between the two eyebrows , a spot considered a major nerve point in human body since ancient times. Also known as 'tika', 'pottu', 'sindoor', 'tilak', 'tilakam', and 'kumkum'.In southern India, girls choose to wear a bindi, while in other parts of India it is the prerogative of the married woman. A red dot on the forehead is an auspicious sign of marriage and believed to usher in prosperity, and grants her a place as the guardian of the family's welfare and progeny. The red 'kumkum' between the eyebrows is said to retain energy in the human body and control the various levels of concentration. It is also the central point of the base of the creation itself,symbolizing auspiciousness and good fortune.
Spilling of boiling milk
The spilling of boiling milk over the container is considered as luck in many regions.It is carried out in many occasions like after marriage, pongal and gruhapravesh.
A Conch is blown, when beginning any ritualistic worship and prior to Aarti. It is believed by blowing the conch 3 times before beginning any ritualistic worship,evil spirits move away from that place. This helps in reducing the obstacle of distressing vibrations and allows the flow of Sattva predominant frequencies of the Deities.Conch sound is indicated as 'New beginning'.
North Indians eat sweet yoghurt before going out especially during important work.They believe it brings them good luck.
Black cats have often been looked upon as a symbol of evil omens, specifically being suspected of being the familiars of witches.If they saw a black cat go across their path they believe some bad is going to happen.Some people even go back, sit for sometime and then go for work.It is more particularly believed during auspicious occasions.
The sanskrit word 'dhristi' (Evil Eye) means 'sight'. In modern linguistics its usage signifies 'evil eye' or rather 'casting an evil-eye'. In many parts of the country,this superstition is believed and many medias are used to get rid of it. Lime, coconut, chilies, salt are used to remove dhristi.