A couple of weeks back we did a piece on Assamese wedding rituals backed by science. This time we have brought to you some general Indian wedding rituals that can be explained through science. These rituals are present in almost all typical Indian weddings.
Most weddings across India are elaborate affairs. A dozen ceremonies adorn these day long affairs; though many of us are oblivious of the fact that most wedding rituals and backed by logic and science, and thus it’s just not a matter of fact that they are present in the wedding.
Let us have a look at a couple of them.
Use of rice
A Hindu marriage in incomplete without rice. While in some weddings the bride offers puffed rice to the holy fire, some bride step in a pot full of raw rice before entering the new home. Also, some brides throw back rice to her father’s house while leaving. Used in various forms in different rituals, rice is an integral part of a wedding. It is because rice is considered a symbol of prosperity, fertility and long life. Guests throw it at the bride and groom as a wish for children and a good life.
Application of sindoor (vermilion)
The application of sindoor by married Hindu women is physiologically significant. Sindoor is a made by a mixture of turmeric, lime and mercury. Owing to its intrinsic properties, mercury is known for controlling blood pressure and increasing the sexual desire. It is also because of this that application of sindoor is prohibited for the widows. Sindoor, also applied when right upto the pituitary gland control our emotions and removes stress and strain.
Bangles are significant piece of ornament for the married women in India. Scientifically, bangles are known to cause constant friction with the wrist which increases the level blood circulation in the body. Also, it is believed that the circular shape of bangles help in attracting positive energy from the environment and pass it on to one’s own body.
Wearing toe rings
Normally toe rings are worn by married women on their second toe. There is a whole theory to explain the logic behind it. It is said that a particular nerve from the second toe is directly connected to our heart, which passes through the uterus. Thus, wearing a silver ring on the toe strengthens both the heart and the uterus. As silver is a good conductor of heat, it absorbs polar energies from the earth and passes it to the body, thus strengthening the blood flow to the uterus.
The Teutons, an ancient Greek tribe gave the honeymoon its name. They celebrated the wedding by drinking honey till the next moon waned. However, the concept of first vacation of the couple together or honeymoon is original to the feudal society of Western Europe, when love marriages mostly happened by eloping. Back then, the groom used to hide his bride in a cave for security reasons. Gradually with time, it became a fashion to go on planned vacations.
As we have seen, most of the practices that we follow today root long back to our ancestors. There are many other similar rituals in our society which are backed by logic to symbolize the holy binding of two souls.
We hope this blog was beneficial to understand the reasons behind the rituals performed in a typical Indian wedding. Thus, the key now is to just enjoy; for everything else, Sambandhaa is here help you out.