Menstruation, Women and the Divine Abode


A 7000 year old eternal science, though slow in showing results, has proven promising and effective. Many of the surgical techniques like rhinoplasty, kidney stone extractions, sutures and the extraction of foreign objects have been a part of the ancient Ayurveda since ages.

Rishis or Scientists

With the abilities of teleportation, time travel, healing and ailments, our history has witnessed great scholars, scientists and source of divine knowledge—rishis(sages), who gifted us Ayurveda and, so, our culture and its practices.

Click here to know about the sages who were way ahead of Advanced Techonologies of the Modern Era

Many of our so-called modern inventions are, in fact, nothing but reinventions of the technology our ancestors were familiar with thousands of years ago.
Through their wisdom and research, the rishis served the society and led them to a healthy way of living. Given below are two instances of very simple rituals that we comply to with immense faith:

  • Every turn of the season, we follow a special diet in Hinduism, which gives us the essentials required for that climate
  • Every Yajna includes the elements required to slay negativity, create a medicinal atmosphere and benefit the human body

Read Scientific reasons behind the Hindu ritual ‘Yagya’, to know how Yajna benefits our body and homes.

Beliefs and facts

Similarly, many rituals and beliefs are proven to be scientifically beneficial. Certainly, science hasn’t yet reached its peak and is neither as developed as what our ancestors were accustomed to. Science still has to reason with the age old scriptures, which it has been doing, denying and criticizing every custom initially and agreeing eventually.

History has it evident that the world has initially denied every fact before it slowly learnt it by itself again.

Similar do I find the case of menstrual cycle in women.

To better understand the science behind mensus and a few rituals, please read Science, Ayurveda and taboos about Mensus

During this cycle, Ayurveda,is based on the principles of three types of Doshas, namely Kapha, Pita and Vatta states that Vatta is predominant in women during their menstruation.

Apana Vayu of Vatta dosha is responsible for the downward flow of menstruation.

Whereas, the energies from chanting mantras, the ringing of temple bells or the offerings are all in the upward direction. You might have sensed this phenomenon of the energies moving in the upward direction during poojas and offerings.

This creates a conflict of energies. In such cases, women (including me) have claimed to experience a certain pain in the lower abdomen.

One such article where a team of bloggers travelled to eight states in the country write about their research on how it became obvious that none of the menstrual practices came into being because women are impure or unholy is on the following link:

Unearthing menstrual wisdom – Why we don’t go to the temple, and other practices

Sabarimala Restrictions

I have been reading quite a few articles like these and hence thought of taking up this topic when the SC passed Sabarimala Jurisdiction.

Women were allowed to visit this pilgrim only after menopause or as girls before they started menstruating. Whereas now, SC has removed this restriction. Women of all age groups, whether menstruating or not, are allowed.

These protests are being paralleled to feminism and women empowerment. In which aspect is a woman empowered when she enters that temple?

What we do not pay attention to, is, there are more ‘women-exclusive’ temples in South India rather than ‘male-exclusive’. There are so many occasions, rituals in our weddings, baby showers, puberty rituals or haldi-kumkum, wherein no males are allowed. But they (our males) can live with it.

These protests are definitely not going to change the education status, hygiene or conditions at the in-laws’ for women. Media should know that there are much more important issues where their attention is required rather than scripting a drama for political benefits.
Moreover, as mentioned in the following link, Sabarimala, Ayappa, all of it is just a belief; if you don’t believe in the tales, why in him?

Click on this link to read how this fellow blogger has put up the Sabarimala controversy well.