Scientific reasons behind ear piercing in Hinduism

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Scientific reasons behind ear piercing in Hinduism


Ear piercing, called as Karnavedha is an important tradition in Hinduism. It holds a major significance as it is one of the sixteen major rites a person must perform during the course of his life.This ritual is followed by all castes of Hinduism and it is performed on an auspicious day preferably during the sixth or seventh month or in an odd year, that is third, fifth or seventh year.According to Vedas, this ritual must be performed by both males and females but nowadays it is common among females and few communities’ still demand males to perform this ceremony. This ancient custom has taken a form of a fashion statement these days among young generation.


Hindus have covered the significance of this important ceremony with religious beliefs but like other Hindu religious practices, there are also scientific reasons associated with ear piercing. Let’s understand the science behind this old tradition.


  • The earlobe is considered as the microcosm of the human body. Therefore, ear piercing delivers numerous therapeutic benefits.

  • Acupressure therapy states that earlier the ear piercing is performed to a child, earlier the development of brain takes place by benefiting the meridians connecting the brain to the earlobe.

  • As per acupressure therapy, piercing helps in allergies and migraines.

  • Earrings are also responsible for maintaining a uniform flow of electric current in the body. Piercing of ears helps to cleanse the nervous system and to eradicate bad thoughts from the mind.

  • Indian physicians believed that piercing the ears and wearing ear rings, increases the intellectual power as also the power of decision making.

  • In girls, ear piercing is believed to regulate the menstrual cycle and hence reducing menstrual or premenstrual pain. It also prevents diseases like hysteria to occur.

  • According to acupressure therapy, earlobe is also the center of vision and wearing ear rings helps in improving the eye sight


Recommended reading: Why do Hindu women wear Toe Rings?


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