10 Scientific Reasons Behind Visiting a Hindu Temple
Hinduism is one of the most widely followed religions in India and also has a large number of devotees around the globe. Idol worship is one of the principal practices in this religion, which is the reason why you will find a large number of Hindu temples all over the world. Thousands of devotees throng these temples everyday to pay their obeisance to the deities enshrines therein, but there are some scientific benefits of visiting temples too.
Here are top 10 scientific reasons behind visiting a Hindu temple:
- Basically, there is pure science behind the architecture of temples, which are constructed in such a manner that there are high positive magnetic waves at the center point of the temple, the “garbhagriha”, where the main idol is placed.
- There is also a scientific logic behind removing footwear before entering a temple, though we usually do so because we consider it to be a pious place. When we enter the temple bare footed, we are able to absorb the positive magnetic energies exuded by the floor of the temple. Also, we keep out the germs and impurities carried in the footwear by discarding it outside the temple premises.
- Each action performed inside the temple is justified in the scientific sense as it is linked with all our five senses and improves the functioning of our sense organs. As soon as we enter the temple, we ring the bells, which work wonders for our sense of hearing.
- When we offer flowers and incense to the deity, we are doing a favor to our sense of smell, in addition to paying our homage to the deity.
- Usually, the garbhagriha is dark and when camphor is lighted inside to worship the idol, we have to focus our eyes and adjust them according to the light. This plays a key role in activating our sense of sight.
- Putting our hands over the burning camphor and then touching the eyes after the arthi is done, has a positive impact on the sense of touch as it helps the skin absorb the warmth of fire.
- The charnamruta or theertham is prepared by dipping tulsi or basil leaves in water and storing it in copper vessel for a long period of time. This chastised water has the ability to balance the Ayurvedic doshas of kapha, vata and pitta, which makes it good for health, healing problems such as sore throat, fever, kidney stone, digestive and respiratory disorders. Also, it is good for the sense of taste.
- The ritual of pradakshina, which involves walking in a clockwise direction around the garbhagriha for nine times, helps you to absorb the positive vibrations and energies coming from the area, with the ringing of bells, burning of camphor and heat of the arthi.
- There is also a scientific explanation behind applying a tilak in the middle of the eyebrows. It stimulates the Adnya Chakra, which is located at this point, as the nerve in this area is compressed at the time of application of tilak. This has a positive impact on the blood circulation.
- Coconut and banana are offered at the temple as these fruits are considered untainted. They grow from seeds which have not been tasted as in case of other fruits, which makes them perfect for religious offering.
The next time you visit a Hindu temple, think about all these benefits which you are going to derive from the scientific point of view.
Originally published at www.ideaherald.com on June 21, 2015.