5 Superstitions in India And The Scientific Explanations Behind Them

Superstitions exist in all of us. It is like notion or a belief that has been formatted or embedded in us since our childhood. We have always been made to believe that some things or some occurrences should be considered as an ominous act. Superstitions are basically a collection of customs and acts that rely on our belief. It has shown to lead and grow into a positive mental attitude. Even thought they might sound irrational, people believe in them as they trust them to bring good luck and fortune. Superstitions date back 5,000 years ago and is said to have originated from Egypt. Since then, superstitions have acquired different meaning in different parts of the world.


Indians, however, have always been a stern believer in superstitions. They have superstitions revolving around everything. So, let us see some of the most believed in superstitions and bust the myths around them:

1.     Cutting your nails after Sunset is a strict no-no

This is one of the well-known superstitions that must be prevalent in many Indian household. The origin dates back to the time when there was no electricity and our ancestors refused to cut their nails in the dark. It all originated for hygienic reasons because you don’t know where the nail particles might be lying around in the dark.

2.     Taking A Bath After Attending Someone’s Last Rites

This belief has been going round since ages. It came across as a rule to be hygiencic. It is said that the body of the deceased might carry bacteria or infections and it may spread in the air once the funeral is performed. Therefore, people take bath to rinse themselves off unnecessary infections.

3.     Hanging a lemon and chilli string

This is one of the most popular superstitions in every Indian household, transportation, and shops. It is believed that hanging lemon and chilli will keep out the negative and evil vibes. However, there is a scientific twist to it. Lemon and chilli are believed to have insecticidal properties that can keep insects away. It can prevent insects from entering the surrounding area.

4.     Avoiding peepal tree at night

Our ancestors used to believe that peepal trees were haunted by ghosts and spirits. They generally show themselves up at night and therefore, it should be avoided at all cost. However, the actual scientific explanation behind it is quite simple. Trees give out carbon dioxide at night and so it must be avoided!

5.     Menstruating women are not allowed in temples

This is one of those superstitions that have been making rounds since long. Before, sanitary napkins and pills were discovered women had to walk long distances to reach the temple. Therefore, during those days of the month, women were asked to stay at home and rest.


It is proof that our ancestors did attach some stigma to the scientific beliefs but their scientific explanations are logical. Superstitions do have scientific reasoning attached to them and are not just mere beliefs.

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