We all love to attend weddings, especially Hindu weddings which are fun-filled and full of masti.
Many of us might be aware of the customs and traditions followed in Hindu weddings. But you might not know the actual science and the reasons behind these rituals. The tradition followed and practiced by Hindus aren’t mere superstitions or formalities. Many of these are scientifically sound, and some are actually good for one’s health. Here we are sharing with you some popular wedding rituals and their scientific reasons…
Mehendi ceremony is one of the most important rituals of a shaadi which takes place a day or two before the actual wedding. Besides its cosmetic appeal, Mehendi or henna has medicinal properties. Normally, Mehendi is applied on the hands and feet which has many nerve endings, and it helps to prevent the nerves from becoming tense during stressful situations.
The holy fire around which the couple takes their vows too has its own scientific significance. The fire is ignited using sandalwood and ghee. Rice and other ingredients are also added to the fire. Smoke emitting from such herbal ingredients help to cleanse the surrounding environment and spread positivity around the marriage.
No Hindu marriage is complete without the sindoor ceremony, where the groom applies vermilion on the bride’s forehead. Originally, sindoor was prepared by mixing metal mercury powder, turmeric and other herbal concoctions. Mercury is known for anti-stress properties and helps activate sexual desires (this is also the reason for which widows are prohibited from wearing sindoor).
A new bride’s attire is incomplete without matching bangles! But wait, they are not mere accessories. The friction between the skin and bangles helps to improve blood circulation. Also, wearing bangles help to press several acupressure points that in turn helps the bride to lead a healthy life.
Hope you enjoyed reading the interesting facts shared by us.