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BY- JAYA CHOUDHARY
India is known around the world for its pleasing culture and rituals which are followed by the majority of Hindus. Therefore, when it comes to ceremonies, customs, and rituals, the list of Hindu traditions is endless. It is not unfortunate that despite having observed or been a part of this affluent culture, we are unable to realize the true meaning of many rituals and often dismiss them as superstitious and meaningless.
However, by the end of the article, you would be astounded to learn how thoughtful our forefathers were in creating these practices and traditions for our health and well-being.
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Applying Tilak on the head
A position on the forehead, between the two eyebrows, has long been thought to be a significant nervous position in the human body. Tilak is believed to inhibit energy loss and regulate different degrees of concentration. The points in the central region of the eyebrow called the ‘Ajna Chakra’ are immediately pressed as tilak is applied. This intervention improves the blood flow to the facial muscles. Our ancestors also discovered that a paste of sandalwood, turmeric, and saffron is very effective if applied to the Agna Chakra.
The Indian ladies can often be seen flaunting the rich color of their Henna during certain auspicious events. Since it is a wedding tradition to apply Mehendi, it not only helps to beautify the bride’s hands but also helps to relieve tension since it is a medicinal herb. It is thought that applying Mehendi will reduce stress because it has calming properties that make the body calm and can help with stress, headaches, and even fever. Mehendi also safeguards them from bacterial and fungal infections.
Wearing toe ring
In India, wearing toe rings is very popular and is originally worn as a sign of marital status by Hindu women. They are usually made of silver and worn in pairs on the feet’ second toes. Wearing toe rings is not only symbolic to married women but there is science behind it as well. A nerve from the second toe connects the uterus and travels to the breast. The uterus is strengthened by wearing a toe ring on this finger. It keeps the uterus stable by controlling blood supply to it and helps to regulate the menstrual cycle. Ayurvedic medicine has long been used in simultaneity with acupressure. Since silver is a strong conductor, it consumes energy from the earth’s polar forces and transfers it to the core of our body, thereby refreshing the whole system within us.
Yagna can seem to be a pointless exercise in which ghee, oil, spices, and other ingredients are burned to ashes. Regardless of what it may look like, performing Yagna is a sophisticated procedure that has been practiced in Hindu culture since the time of the Vedas to purify the surroundings. Many contemporary scientists have recognized its advantages as well. Ghee lamps and incense sticks were often used to create a positive aura in the surroundings.
Hindus are taught from a young age to greet their elders by touching their feet. According to science, when you approach an elderly person’s feet, their heart emits happy thoughts, and energy is transferred to us through their hands and toes. This, in essence, facilitates the transfer of consciousness and enhances cosmic energy by connecting the mind and heart. Your fingertips and thumb become the receptors of energy, while the older person’s feet become the provider of energy.
Sleeping with head turned to the north
According to Hindu tradition, a dead body is buried with the head pointed north. The truth is that the human body has its own magnetic field, and the Earth is a massive magnet. The balance is broken when we lie with our heads to the north. This causes complications with blood pressure, coronary disease, Alzheimer’s, headaches, and other harmful diseases.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to examine a seeking direction to the Election Commission to de-register a political party, which fails to comply with the court's direction to disclose criminal antecedents of candidates fielded in polls. Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay requested a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and Hima Kohli to list the petition urgently, against the backdrop of the ongoing election process. He contended that nomination for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election has started, and the political parties and candidates are brazenly violating the top court judgments.
After briefly hearing Upadhyay, the bench said: "We will consider it... will give a date".
The plea argued that allowing criminals to stand for election threatens democracy and secularism. | Wikipedia
The plea claimed that the cause of action for filing the plea arose after the Samajwadi Party fielded alleged gangster Nahid Hasan from Kairana but neither published his criminal records in electronic, print and social media nor the reason for his selection within 48 hours. On February 13, last year, Shamli police imposed the Gangster Act on Nahid Hasan, who is a two-time MLA from Kairana. "He (Hasan) has multiple criminal cases and is the 'mastermind' behind the Hindu exodus from Kairana. There are many criminal cases including fraud and extortion, and he was declared a fugitive by Special MLA-MP Court," the plea said.
The plea argued that the consequences of permitting criminals to contest and become legislators are extremely serious for democracy and secularism. The plea sought a direction to the Election Commission to take steps to ensure that every political party publishes the details regarding criminal cases of each candidate along with the reason for such selection on the homepage of its official website in bold letters within 48 hours in the spirit of top court orders passed on September 25, 2018, and February 2, 2020. (IANS/ MBI)
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There will be no chief guest at the Republic Day parade this year also as the plan to host state heads of five Central Asian countries -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan -- seems to have been cancelled due to the Covid situation in India as well as in the respective nations. Though the Ministry of External Affairs is yet to confirm this officially.
If the guests arrive, then this would be the second time when India hosts a group of state heads as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2018, state heads of ASEAN countries graced the occasion with their presence. Apart from Kazakhstan, none of these countries' state heads had been invited as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2009, Kazakhstan's then president Nursultan Nazarbayev was the Chief Guest.
The Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest.Unsplash
As per sources, due to the corona situation, the Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest, so the plan seems to have been cancelled. Last year, British Prime minister Boris Johnson was invited for the same, but later cancelled due to rising corona cases in the UK.
In the past, there have been occasions when the Republic Day ceremony was celebrated without any foreign guest. In 1966, there was no foreign chief guest in the Republic Day parade ceremony as the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri had passed away in Tashkent in January, and Indira Gandhi took oath as Prime Minister on January 24. (IANS/SP)
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A team of scientists from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have found a cure for those suffering from chronic wounds, particularly with diabetic foot ulcers. The team led by Prof Gopal Nath of the department of Microbiology, Institute of Medical Sciences, said that wounds that took months and years to heal, could now be cured in days or months. The findings of study have been published in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health, US.
Prof Nath said that a wound is defined as a breach in the skin or body tissues due to injury. An acute wound is defined as a "recent break that is yet to progress through sequential stages of healing". The wounds where normal healing process is stalled due to underlying pathology (vascular and diabetes) or infection beyond three months is defined as chronic wound. While chronic wounds always get infected, the contaminated wounds are reasonably susceptible to infection.
A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks.Towfiqu barbhuiya / Unsplash
Infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and biofilm formation halt healing progress. These wounds cause significant psychological and physical morbidity. The traditional treatment strategies often succeed in healing wounds, he said adding that many wounds have been observed recalcitrant to them, leading to persistence and recurrent infections. Search for alternatives to antibiotics has now become a compulsion. Fortunately, bacteriophage therapy is a re-emerging solution to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Prof Nath's team carried out phage therapy of acute and chronic infected wounds in animals and clinical studies. It showed efficacy against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a mice wound model. Furthermore, they evaluated the efficacy of phage cocktails in animal models' acute and chronic osteomyelitis caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. They also observed biofilm eradication from K wire in rabbits' wound infection model. Clinical trials of phage therapy initiated by the BHU have reported the efficacy of topical phage in healing chronic wounds in three prospective exploratory studies and no adverse events mimicking the results in vivo animal models.
Scientists have found a cure for those suffering from diabetic foot ulcers. Unsplash
A clinical study by Gupta demonstrated the significant role of bacteriophage therapy in the chronic wounds associated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The study employed a total of twenty patients with chronic non-healing ulcers for more than six weeks duration. A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks. Another study, employing 48 patients having a minimum of one eligible full-thickness wound that did not heal in six weeks with convention wound management, showed the promising result, and significant improvement was observed in the wound healing.
The study projected that specific phage therapy is equally effective regardless of the diabetic or non-diabetic status of the patient though the healing was relatively delayed in diabetic patients. Another successful study has shown encouraging results on healing process of infected acute traumatic wounds. The average number of days required for complete granulation of wounds and attaining sterility and healing was half compared to conventional therapy. (IANS/SP)
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