Science of Indian Rituals

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  Rituals play an important role in the cultural and religious lives of the people of India.The rituals in Sanatan Dharma date back to antiquity and they have been responsible for the moulding, elevation and happiness of its followers.
     
Rituals form an integral part of many life forms on earth, including man. They play important roles in the cultural and religious lives of people worldwide. In Sanatan Dharma, rites date back to antiquity. They are cited in the Vedas and in the Agam shastras. The seers of these and later texts, such as, the Purans and Dharma Shastras, ordained rituals to fulfil man’s mundane desires to help him live in harmony with his physical environment, to pay homage to his departed ancestors, to please the devas and finally, to aid his spiritual ascent.

     An important group of rites observed by Hindus is the 16 samskars (rites of passage). Samskar means to refine, to elevate. From before birth to death, the 16 samskars of Hindus are as scientific as they are socially sound.







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