Hinduism has a lot of tradition and sometimes, it is hard to keep up with them and most often, the reason behind the traditions are not well defined.
Read on to know why some traditions live on even after so many years.
1. Why every Hindu should have a Tulsi plant in front of their house?
Answer: The Latin name of Tulsi plant is "Ocimum Sanctum" and it is also known as Holy Basil. For thousands of years, Tulsi has been worshiped by Hindus and is considered a sacred plant -making it necessary for every Hindu family to have a Tulsi plant in front of their house.
The recent studies have shown that Tulsi plant releases ozone (O3) along with oxygen, which is very essential for ecological balance. World Ozone Day is celebrated on 16th September of every year, some environmental organizations even distribute Tulsi plants on that day.
Tulsi also has lots of medicinal uses and is a very important herb according to Ayurveda as the leaves strengthen the immune system. The leaves are mainly used for treating fever, common cold, cough, sore throat, and respiratory disorders.
2. Why Hindus worship some particular trees and not all the trees?
Answer: Hinduism honour all trees but only consider certain some particular trees and plants sacred.
Some of the examples are the Peepal tree (Ficus religiosa) and Audumbar tree (Ficus racemosa). These two trees release oxygen all the time and are only found in the wild.
They grow on their own mainly through the birds, which eat their fruits. The Audumbar tree is associated with Guru Dattatreya, one of the main Hindu deities and cutting or dishonouring the tree in any way is considered as a sin.
Both of these trees are very important for the ecological balance. So by associating them with Hindu deities, they are protected from being cut down.
3. Why Hindus pierce the ears of a baby?
Answer: After a baby is born, it is a general practice to pierce their ears. Actually, it is a part of an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture and acupressure are said to be techniques originated in India and modified by the Chinese.
The outer part of ears carries a lot of important acupuncture and acupressure points. The point where the ears of a baby are pierced is known for curing asthma. That is why Hindus in the olden days used to wear earrings.
4. Why Hindus do not eat meat on particular days?
Answer: Hindus do not eat meat on particular days, not limited but including: Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and on other auspicious days.
Killing of animals is considered as a sin in Hinduism. So, people avoid eating meat on those auspicious days to maintain the sacredness of that particular day.
The reason behind not eating meat on weekdays including Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays is that as a human being we need only a little amount of meat to fulfill requirements of our body such as iron, vitamin B12 and other vital nutrients.
Eating excessive meat is not good for health, so Hinduism placed some restrictions on its followers' eating habits by assigning the days to particular deities. E.g. Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Thursday to Lord Dattatreya, and Saturday to Lord Hanuman.
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Source: Hinduism Facts
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