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I think that God is the biggest superstition in the world. Such offering includes Coconut. 1001. * Many people believe in numerology. and pray for their worldly requirements. 1008 are considered as auspicious number in majority of people. and are ready to pay big fee for getting such numbers. * Number 786 is considered as an auspicious and lucky one number in Muslim community. RELIGIOUS SUPERSTITIONS & BLIND BELIEFS Everybody who belong to a religion thinks that his or her religion is the greatest. to the imaginary God. * Number 3 is considered as an inauspicious or evil number. 101. Gold ornaments . SUPERSTITIONS & BLIND BELIEFS RELATED TO DIRECTIONS . cultural. In exchange. 21. orthodox people avoid this number.SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEFS IN OUR COUNTRY The number of superstitions and blind beliefs in India is very large as the Indian society is made of people belonging to various religious. linguistic and racial groups. and these numbers have a special importance in Jainism and Hinduism. Donation. 108. Most of the people in India who believe in God. They believe that there are 33 Crores of Gods in the body of Cow. Hindus consider Cow as an auspicious animal. They prefer their own lucky numbers for there vehicles etc. ethnic. 10. Churches. 51. Dargahs etc. 5. scientific etc. SUPERSTITIONS & BLIND BELIEFS RELATED TO NUMBERS * Number 1. 501. 11. The origin of blind beliefs and superstitions in India is in cultural exchange of different different groups. There are many common superstitions in the people belonging to various groups. They think that the God will fulfill their wishes. Traveling by three persons together is avoided. these people offer something worldly. visit temples. But most of the Jains and Buddhist also believe in such imaginary God. The religion except Jainism and Buddhism believe in creator God. and the root cause of many of the superstitions and blind beliefs.
South is considered inauspicious. it is considered as an intimation of coming of relatives or guests. If a bird drops on your head or body. Besides cow. The tail of cow is considered as the most sacred part of this animal. If a crow crows in front of a home. while left side is considered as inauspicious.* In Hindu and Jain society. gifts or even a flower by right hand only. Owl is considered as an inauspicious bird. * people give or take money. cow is considered as an auspicious animal in Hindus. of which the frontage of the building comes to South. They also avoid to shave of cut hairs on this day. Even at the time of the marriage. the place of the bride is at the left of the groom. it is a good luck. or any type of building. In any religious rituals. If a lizard falls on one's head or body. For Hindus. he is going to die soon. shop. East and North directions are considered as auspicious. and then forgets it). (But in actual. but not as inauspicious as South. West is also considered as inauspicious. MORE SUPERSTITIONS AND BLIND BELEIFS . and then North. * Sleeping head facing North or West is avoided. SUPERSTITIONS & BLIND BELIEFS RELATED TO ANIMALS As I have written above. They avoid to build a home. ornaments. * Right side is considered as auspicious. Preferred direction is East. In rituals wife always sit on left side of her husband as she is considered as a secondary 'thing'. cow is mother. elephant and snake are auspicious animals for Hindus. people use their right hand. Superstitions & Blind Beliefs Related to Days * Most people avoid cutting their nails on Saturday. Crow is an important bird in India in the sense of blind beliefs. he lives in fear of death for many days.
a science called the Gowli Shastra enumerates these. * Most people think that matching of horoscope is a must thing in choosing a bride or groom. * Student eat curd with sugar or jaggery before going to exams. as divine warnings. the Goddess of prosperity will leave the home. Whereas. (So true. The colour. it is not a good sign. falling stars or earthquakes is bad. * Wearing a black thread around your waist will save you from all evils. * When leaving home if one sees a widow. this was to avoid missing of small valuable things while sweeping when there was no electricity in older days. * Just before few decades. If you give it hand there will be a quarrel between them in near future. * One should not give salt in other's hand.* People do not sweep their house at night. for their happy life. indeed. dreaming of gold or iron. They believe that it will bring good marks. spots. . * If someone is going out. * If the coins in your hand accidentally fall down. Dreaming of gods. * Breaking of mirror is a bad sign. There is also a strong belief in the power of dreams. But the tradition is continue. that is not a good sign for him. otherwise. * Putting a small spot of lampblack on a cheek of kids save them from all evils. as you pick up the coins and thus get money). Lakshmi. they think. The wall lizard boasts the most superstitions. auspicious animals or any other auspicious thing is good. Actually. If someone asks such question while you are going out. you are going to get money. taking photographs of kids was avoided. demons. Every movement of this reptile holds some significance. There are many people who claim to be able to decipher dreams and their talents are employed by believers. one should not ask him "Where are you going?". * Showing a mirror to kids is avoided.
such beliefs are an indication of a weak mind. There are also many superstitions related to a pregnant woman. which originated for her protection. For rationalists. sighting a eunuch en route to an important assignment assures success. I had made a list of superstition followed blindly in India on facebook.stripes. East is the most preferred direction for all activities (I've seen some of them preferring to sit facing east even in the office). a sneeze just before starting something is inauspicious. Some of the most widespread are: A pregnant woman should not wander out alone at night or enter an empty house because evil spirits might infest her. dogs whining at night signal bad news coming in soon… The list of superstitious beliefs harbored by Indians is seemingly endless. 5. posting it here. The tail end of cows is considered as most sacred part as fortune Lakshmi lives there!!. 4. The "VAASTU" as a guide for floor plans of a house is a superstitious system. . SUPERSTITIONS ARE LIKE PARASITES A black cat crossing your path brings bad luck. These beliefs also vary across different regions and religions. Ashoka Tree. A sack full of rice will be spoilt when touched by women in periods! it will also get spoilt if touched by women after having sex 2. 1. Banyan Tree etc are considered sacred 3. Coconut tree. Please contribute the superstitions that you have come across. chirping or twittering of the lizard and where it falls on a person's body are said to indicate future happenings.
8. if a cat crosses your way. If a lizard makes a sound when you make a statement. . Looking at mother's face or picture of God as soon as you open your eyes in the morning will bring good luck for that day. 14. it indicates that what you said is true . 11.6. 13. Tuesdays & Saturdays are inauspicious for doing anything new or good deeds. Sneezing once when you make a statement indicates that what you said is true. its purpose will not be fulfilled. 15. Giving or taking anything in the left hand is bad (you know what left hand is used for in India 9. it brings omen 7. There is particular timing during daytime called "Rahukaal". Sneezing odd no. 10. where it is considered as inauspicious for doing anything new or good deeds. of times indicates that something bad could happen. Never ask the question "where are you going? " while they are leaving house. Do not proceed . 12. 16. There are two months in a year which are inauspicious. You can't have non-veg on certain days.
Right eye twitching is good for men. cawing of crow or itching of right palm indicates arrival of guests. 19. 18.17. Taking a teaspoon of curd with litle sugar before exam will bring good luck . If there is itching on the right palm (left for female) you can get some money or favors. Cutting nails. Never sleep with your head facing north or west. Never wash the front courtyard immediately after someone leaves the house. Never cross or jump across the worshiped pumpkins or coconuts on the road. left eye twitching is good for women. 25. 24. Open the front door during dusk. 22. 26. Never sweep the house during night time or Lakshmi (fortune) will not enter your house. During house warming ceremony. the milk is heated in a vessel in such a way that it will overflow towards east direction. shaving or stitching cloth after sun set is a bad practice. luck or decease. 20. hair-cutting. 23. Unusual winking of eyes is a symptom of ill. so that Lakshmi (fortune) enters the house32. 34. 21.