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Hinduism: 9 Unique Indian Traditions

Hinduism: 9 Unique Indian Traditions

Author: Lucy Thomson

Each culture and faith has tradition which seems natural or which adherents take for granted but which is remarkable and interesting for foreigners. With its immense cultural wealth, India is rich in a peculiar amused customs. Hinduism is very closely related to India, you can read more about India here and increase your knowledge about this country. It's a list of ten various rituals and Hindus, all from exotic and weird festival to odd daily customs, from many places around the world.

Aadi Festival, in which fans crack cocoonuts

In the 800-year-long temple of Mahalakshmi in Tamil Nadu in the district of Karur, a special ritual was noticed during the Hindu Tamil festival in Aadi. The priest divides cocoons on the heads of the devotees who value their desires in the temple.


Themithi is a fire rite that takes place in Tamil Nadu in an open-air pit filled with hot wood. Many devotees who join in this rite are male and sometimes have a pot of water or even milk on their head. It is built to demonstrate, validate and even evaluate the faith of people.

Youyam, or the gods' dance

In Kerala, the youyam is known as "the Gods' Dance." The dance and different ceremonies are performed by some local people who at the time of Ityam claimed to be held by some god. This ritual is known to be thousands of years old and is performed in shrines and houses. Traditions vary from village to village with a common blood sacrificing ritual where a rooster is publicly killed.

Drop children for good luck from the roof

The notorious and frightening practice of lowering children from a height of 50 feet to a toilet carried by certain men on the bottom is practiced in a few locations around the world. The ritual is to add a happiness to the boy, practiced by both Muslims and Hindus. The practice is most common in the Baba Umer Dargah in Solapur, Maharashtra and is considered more than half a century old.

Worship of the snake

Nag Panchami is a festival of Hindu worship that takes place in certain parts of the world. Baltis Shirale, near Mumbai, has one of the largest snake rituals in the region, which has seen and honoured visitors all over the world. The ceremony will be held in Bengal, Assam, Orissa, etc. in the country where there are live birds. Each household after it's publicly buried is taken with a big snake in the town of Punjab (made from meal and butter donated by the entire town).

Marrying animals for better monsoons 

The rite of marriage of animals, mostly the frogs, to pleased the rain gods is seen predominantly in rural Meghalaya, Assam, Maharashtra and Karnataka. The marriages are performed in high-profile public ceremonies. Marriages of dogs or donkeys are planned as well! Practitioners think the monsoon is going to bring the wedding ceremony.

Dahi Handi, the Janmashtami human pyramids

The ritual of the Dahi Handi, which has traditionally occurred during the Hindu Janmashtami festival, includes coordinated groups of young people, most of them going up for human pyramids and cracking a butter pot that is 20-40 meters high. The infancy of the Hindu god Krishna is called a re-enactment, by bringing together his mates to form pyramids, to loot butter laid high above his control.

Submerge in body of water idols

Many of the leading Hindu festivals in the world are held during the day by homes, temples and offices rendered by specific gods. The festival ends in the surrounding water with idols. This is a highly ironic tradition in certain parts of the world, from the Ganesh Chathurthi to the Durga Puja Festival. Typically the rite is purifying and a beginning.

The Kateel Parameshwari Temple's Fire Fight

This ceremony is called Agni Keli in Mangalores and is believed to appease the Goddess Durga with several hundred devotees tossing fiery palm-front torches on each other. The participants, normally males, divide into two groups by throwing burning palm front torches from 10 to15 meters at the opposing party, aimed at hitting as many adversaries as possible. Whoever has a burn would be sprayed with water.

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