Thursday, August 5, 2021

Top 15 Strange Superstition in India

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Priyanka Kaushik
Hey, this is priyanka, a student of English literature, keen on exploring the depths of it. I am an introvert, shy and more inclined to my books. Love old Hindi music. Good at sketching and poetry.

Wondering what are the weird Superstition in India that are believed? India is a country which can never bore you, it has in it ample entertainment. One such is the immense belief in superstitions. And they also have very significant meanings ready to be blurted out whenever questioned about their beliefs. Let’s take a look at some of them and the possible meanings designated behind them.

Top 15 Strange Superstition in India

1. Feeding milk to snakes on ‘Nag Panchami’


It is widely believed that on Nag Panchami, snakes can drink milk though, in reality, they cannot. Snakes, on this day, are captured and fed milk forcefully because of which many of them die. It is believed popularly in Hindu tradition that by feeding milk to ‘nags’ we actually feed the nag deities.

2. Adding 1 rupee to a gift sum adds to its auspiciousness.


While giving wedding or birthday gifts, people add 1 rupee to the sum total because it is believed to be a token of increment. By adding 1 rupee to the sum amount, the total becomes indivisible and therefore, it never turns as zero which is why it is a good omen especially for the married who are on the merge of beginning a new journey.

3. The stigma of being a widow (unlucky)

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India is a place held tightly in the bonds controlled by rigid patriarchy whereby there is another conception build initially by these ‘men’ regarding widows being inauspicious at all times. A widow is believed to be the reason for her husband’s death may be because she brought him bad omen, and for that reason, the rest of her life is to be contaminated and she has to spend her life in solitude.

4. Don’t sweep the floor of your house after or during evening

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The actual reason why people used to avoid sweeping the floor after dusk was that the valuable ornaments or material, if present there on the floor, would also be swept off along with the dust as in that period, there were no lights and it was immensely dark after the sunset.

The now popular superstition in India about this says that if you sweep during evenings or after that, you invite bad luck to your home and sweep off ‘Lakshmi’ from your place. It’s considered as a bad omen. I think we need to switch on the lights of our minds!

5. Gifting perfume to your closed ones can cause fights to happen between you.

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The myth has originated from Greek and Chinese traditions. If you gift a perfume to your closed ones, according to this belief this will lead to your break up with them. It’s weird but the popular possible meaning behind this myth is believed to be that if you are giving perfume or any such fragrance related item, it means that you are telling them that they stink. Very Strange!

6. Women are impure when they are menstruating.

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No matter how developed our country is and how much the generation has changed but this belief has failed to eradicate itself from our minds. It is believed that when the women are menstruating, they become impure which is why they are not allowed to enter into temples, and some times they are even asked not to enter the kitchen of their house as well.

There is no scientific or logical reason behind this superstition in India but if we go to the ancient times when the women used to menstruate, men found their behavior very different, irritated and arrogant which is why they started believing that during this time of the month women are not in their senses and behave weirdly, so the spiritual energy in them is lost during this time.

7. Stop if the Cats have crossed your path.

The popular belief is that if a cat crosses your path in a hurry then it will bring you bad luck for the day or for the work you were about to proceed with. People are asked to stop for a while if a cat crosses their path. This belief is supported by adding to it the color ‘black’, i.e if a black cat crosses your path, you should probably avoid going for the work you were about to. The color black is itself considered as an ominous color which adds to the faith into this belief.

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This superstition in India has originated from a time when it was believed that cats are the first among the kingdom of animals to sense a problem. So, whenever there is a problem somewhere, they are the ones to run the fastest towards it. Therefore, if a cat was seen in a hurry, it meant that there is a problem outside so its better to stay at home.

8. Cats, coming to your place during Diwali is auspicious.

Cats, if they cross your path give you a bad omen, whereas when it is the time of festivity especially Diwali, they’re more than welcome in our homes. How contradictory! The concept behind this superstition is that the cat symbolizes ‘female’ i.e in Hindu tradition the ‘Lakshmi’ which is a goddess for good fortune.

Therefore, the cats are welcomed amiably during the Diwali days. But it is important to notice here, that the cats welcomed are white-colored, the poor black ones are still abandoned.

9. Don’t wash your hair on Thursdays.

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The belief behind this superstition in India says that if you wash your hair on Thursdays, it will cause something bad to happen to your brother. People are extremely afraid to wash their hair on this day and the majority of them avoid it possibly every week. I wonder if something gets spilled on my hair on Thursday! What’ll I do?

10. Number ‘3’ as unlucky.


In India, no. 3 is considered as unlucky and is usually avoided by people and a group of three is considered as bad in one way or the other. There is no logic found as yet behind this belief, but I would like to draw your attention towards a contradictory belief among Christians regarding this no. According to their religion, no. 3 is lucky and auspicious as they believe in ‘Trinity’. There are different beliefs in different cultures.

11. Someone Sneezing before one leaves is bad.


Earlier, when there were no medical facilities, people used to frequently get unwell and sneezing was considered as the beginning of some serious disease and thus, when anyone sneezed, it was seen as bad and a beginning of a bad disease which could be spread to others as well. From then on if someone sneezes, it is considered as something bad but its nowhere concerned with bad luck or omen as it is believed to be today.

12. 7 years of bad luck if you break a mirror.


Earlier, somewhere in the medieval times, mirrors were very expensive and only the elite class (kings probably) and the nobility could buy them, so if someone broke a mirror, he was sentenced to jail for 7 years. From there on, the belief of bad luck for 7 years after breaking the mirror has emerged. And now the real meaning is lost leading it to become another strange superstition.

13. ‘Buri Nazar’ averted by using lemon and green chili. 


It is popularly believed that by hanging lemon and green chili together attached in front of your shop or house helps in averting Buri Nazar. The actual logic behind this superstition in India was that our ancestor’s hanged green chili and lemon to encourage the intake of vitamins as both of them are rich in vitamins.

Also, they have pesticide properties which doesn’t let insects and flies enter the house or shop. It is nowhere connected to the so-called ‘Buri Nazar’ as we are forced to believe.

14. Walking under a standing ladder brings bad luck.

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As we pointed out earlier that in Christianity the ‘trinity’ is most important, therefore in terms of this the standing ladder forms a triangle- a sign of trinity, and if you walk from under it then you are disrespecting the trinity in some manner.

Another possible explanation given to this superstition in India is that according to the Egyptians, the standing ladder represents a pyramid and if you walk under it then they believed that the power of the sacred pyramid is broken.

15. Taking a bath after attending a funeral.

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We always take a bath after attending a funeral, in fact in some places people enter their house after washing hands and face. This is to remove the impurities of the departed soul one gained during the funeral. The actual reason behind this belief is that earlier our ancestors did not have any medical facilities and they took extra precautions to keep themselves healthy. So, after attending a funeral they encouraged a ritual to bath in order to remove any causes of an emerging disease caught from the dead body.

Superstition in India we believe, have emerged primarily out of fear- the fear of God especially. We are taught from the beginning certain rituals to be followed and we blindly do it without asking any logic or meanings behind their existence, which leads to the formation of superstitions. 

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Hey, this is priyanka, a student of English literature, keen on exploring the depths of it. I am an introvert, shy and more inclined to my books. Love old Hindi music. Good at sketching and poetry.

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