Science Behind Visiting Temples
Normally, Indian traditions are regarded as superstitions, but now is the time to reveal the scientific reasoning of our Indian rituals out and believe that our ancestors were far more intelligent than what we are today. Our ancestors were very well aware of the scientific reasons behind these rituals.
It would be incomplete if we know only the science behind the rituals. One must know the relationship between the soul and super-soul. Spiritual is made up of two words, Spirit + Ritual. We must have knowledge of both of them. To believe in Spirit, you have to cultivate faith in yourself first. -Karunesh Dubey
Ever wondered how visiting a temple can help one for his or her mental and physical well-being? A temple is a structure designed to bring humans and gods together using symbolism to reveal the ideas and beliefs of people. Temples are built according to Vedic astrology which itself is science. Everything is done with the utmost care, from the materials used to the geographical location where it will be built to the design of the temple. The temple's aura is incredibly positive, and it has a huge impact on one's overall well-being.
Here are four scientific reasons for which one must visit temples:
Moolasthan or Garbhagriha is the part where the murti(idol) of the God resides. This is the portion of the temple where the earth's magnetic waves are strongest, creating positive energy and a serene ambiance. Visiting the temple barefoot aids in the transmission of this energy from the feet to the entire body.
2.Activation and improving senses-
When devotees close their eyes for praying and after opening the eyes, the first thing which comes into one's sight is the diya or the lit camphor which activates our sight. Lighting a lamp signifies purity and good luck and the non-existence of evil forces and darkness.
Using strong-fragrance flowers like roses and marigolds, as well as putting incense sticks in the worship space, increases perceptions of smell. Burning incense sticks brings calmness by reducing stress due to the aromatic smell.
While moving hands over camphor and Diya, the warmth activates our senses of touch.
It is said that ringing the bell is the sign of the arrival of the devotee to the sanctum of the deity. The bell when rung and sound emitted for at least 7 seconds helps syncing the right and left parts of our brains and balances our 7 Chakras and improves our sound senses.
3.Pradakshina of the temple-
Pradakshina also called circumambulation of the temple depicts that we have considered the deity as the focal point in our lives. Taking Pradakshina in a clockwise direction helps in absorbing the positive energy of the temple.
4.Applying Tilak on the forehead-
According to Ayurveda, Kumkum is the best medicine for skin purification and its tilak does not cause attenuation of brain fibers. The spot between the forehead where the priest applies Tilak is the point where a major nerve is present and also it is the Agnya Chakra(Third eye) which is present there which helps in controlling levels of energy and hormones and blood circulation to the facial muscles.
A place where our soul meets the divine prayers, A place where our melancholia is healed with tranquility, A place where we find strength in our faith, A place that binds the whole community contributing to peace, The temple is that place.