NAMASKAR : In general Hindu Culture, people greet each other by joining their hands which is termed as “Namaskar”. The general belief of this act is – Respect. But scientifically, by joining hands and also the finger tips they are pressed against each other which are the pressure points for eyes,ears and mind and thus pressing them activates these points. Also this tradition doesn’t include any physical act with the respective person and so germs are also not passed.
TILAK : Applying “Tilak” on forehead(center portion) is almost every home’s and/or temple’s practice. On doing this act the concentration point of the head is pressed and activated and it retains energy in the human body and control the various levels of concentration. This also facilitates the blood supply to the face muscles.
BELLS : The bell is used to give sound for keeping evil forces away and the ring of the bell is pleasant to God. However, the scientific reason behind bells is that their ring clears our mind and helps us stay sharp and keep our full concentration on devotional purpose.
SLEEPING TOWARDS NORTH : The human body has its own magnetic field, while the Earth is a giant magnet. When you sleep with your head pointing north, your body’s magnetic field becomes asymmetrical to the Earth’s, causing problems related to blood pressure since your heart needs to work harder in order to overcome this.
MEHENDI : Mehendi is a very powerful medicinal herb, and its application on hands and feet can prevent stress during weddings. As the wedding day approaches, the excitement mixed with nervous anticipation can take its toll on the bride and groom. Application of mehendi can prevent too much stress because it cools the body and keeps the nerves from becoming tense. This is the reason why mehendi is applied on the hands and feet, which house nerve endings in the body.
SURYA-NAMASKAR : It’s a tradition of paying regards to Sun God early in the morning by their water offering ritual. It was mainly because looking at Sun rays through water or directly at that time of the day is good for eyes and also by waking up to follow this routine, we become prone to a morning lifestyle and mornings are proven to be the most effective part of the day. Also this exercise gives other multiple benefits like :
Good digestion and blood circulation.
IDOL WORSHIP : Hinduism propagates idol worship more than any other religion. Researchers say that this was initiated for the purpose of increasing concentration during prayers. According to psychiatrists, a man will shape his thoughts as per what he sees. If you have 3 different objects in front of you, your thinking will change according to the object you are viewing. Similarly, in ancient India, idol worship was established so that when people view idols it is easy for them to concentrate to gain spiritual energy and meditate without mental diversion.
YAGYA/HAWAN : Holy fireworks as a natural cleanser; it removes negative energy from the environment and fills the air with positivity. Moreover, the fire is fuelled with different kinds of wood, ghee, rice and other herbs. The smoke produced by the fire purifies the air by killing insects. This creates a positive impact on the health of people who attend the act at the place. The people get more benefit as they are close to the fire.
OM : Chanting Om Kar(Omkar) is believed to reduce blood pressure and control heart rates. If OM is pronounced after taking a deep breath, it improves the sense of alertness and thus, concentration.
PRADAKSHINA : We cannot draw a circle without a center point. The Lord is the center, source and essence of our lives. Recognizing Him as the focal point in our lives, we go about doing our daily chores. This is the significance of pradakshina. Also every point on the circumference of a circle is equidistant from the center. This means that wherever or whoever we may be, we are equally close to the Lord. His grace flows towards us without partiality. So as we circumambulate the sanctum sanctorum we remind ourselves to lead an auspicious life of righteousness, with the Lord who is the indispensable source of help and strength, as our guide – the “right hand”.