Top 15 Famous Indian Superstitions List

India is a land of religions. Just like India’s languages, the religion changes after a few kilometres. As we know that “With Great Power comes Great Responsibilities”, in the same manner, With large number of religions come large number and kind of superstitions. Although many superstitions are in no way, related to any religion, but they directly or indirectly are influenced by these factors. Being an Indian, superstitions are the things that we grew up with, and these superstitions have over powered our mind in such a manner that we unconsciously get carried away by that superstition, as our mind takes that superstition as a daily deed, without giving it any different behaviour. This happens because of us facing these superstitions regularly, as a part of our daily chore, and thus they don’t affect us, but for the people who observe us do feel a change in our behaviour when we are being influenced by these superstitions. A few of these behaviourial activities performed by us unintentionally, that render us a title of being a “Typical Indian” are mentioned here.

15. Let us bribe GOD

Offering of Firstfruits Deuteronomy 26:2-10

Bribing GOD is as common as taking a bath as both of these things happen almost everyday. Bribing God in India is more of a culture than that of a superstition. Not only in Hindu religion, but in other religions also, bribing God is a medium of getting your wishes fulfilled. It can be heard very commonly from the lips of a student praying to God that “Please pass us in the examinations and we will dedicate sweets worth a particular amount to you!” I don’t understand if this is a give and take offer or a simple pray? And whenever I observe a pray, I always feel it to be a give and take offer, as people offering their belongings to religious places and asking for some personal benefited output in return. Sometimes fasting for a day or two is also a way of bribing God, and I just don’t understand as to why God will enjoy seeing you starve?

14. The Day Phobia

Nail Trimming

The literal meaning of “phobia” is extreme fear of something, and the Indian superstitions have rendered a phobia among people regarding a few days of the week. Sounds weird but is true. Indian parents inhabit this habit in their children right from the birth by creating a fear in them that if they cut their nails or hair, or wash their hair, or wash their clothes on some days of week, particularly Tuesday and Thursday, something bad will happen to them, which they used to call as “Paap” which literally means that God will do something bad with them as they tried to do something bad to God by cutting their nails on those particular days.

13. The Number 13

13

That is a pretty common superstition living in the hearts and minds of numerous people around India. The fear of number 13 is the biggest fear in their life. They don’t perform any big task, or begin a new business on 13th of any month, especially when that 13th is a Friday. This superstition is so persistent that the city of Chandigarh doesn’t even have a Sector 13.

12. Live in a fear for a better Future

Fear of Future

If you are a regular visitor to any sort of religious place in India, you would come across this dialogue by the priest that your future deeds and the next incarnations depend upon the deeds you do in this life. If you remain really well, peaceful and calm, and don’t involve yourself in any sort of cruelty, it would lead to you obtaining a better life after you die! But I wonder, why live your life in a fear of the future, when you don’t even know what is going to happen with you in the next instant. It is also said that “Live in your present, the future will make way for itself”. So you got to agree on this quote and have a little faith in you.

11. Having sea food with milk products will give you Vitiligo

Fish Dish

I guess you are a vegan, as being a non-vegan is also a sin in many parts of this subcontinent. But if you are fond of meat and sea food, you might have seen this dialogue striking you very often that Don’t eat fish with milk or any other milk product, and when you asked the reason, you would get a reply that it would give you Vitiligo, which is a disease that causes white patches on your skin, whereas vitiligo happens due to absence of a certain kind of pigments from the body’s system. In no manner can this combination cause vitiligo.

10. Are you going out?

Sneezing

If you are going out and someone sneezes in front of you, that is said to be a bad omen, and the work you are going to perform won’t just happen. Similar is when you are going somewhere, and someone else calls you from your back. But if we think practically and logically, then how could anyone calling us or sneezing in front of us can prevent us from completing the job we are assigned to perform?

9. Nazar Utaarna

Nazar Utaarna

When you are going to perform some big work, like entering into a new house, or if you are praising the looks of a newly born child, you would notice his/her mother, taking a little eye liner out of their eye and putting it up on the neck or at the back of ear of that kid. This is called Nazar Utaarna, which is usually done to prevent anyone from putting a negative vibe over the small kid. The process is simple, which is done by putting a black coloured dot (bindi) on the kid or by tying a black coloured thread on the kid’s hand or leg. Another process of preventing people from putting a negative vibe over a newly bought property is by tying a combination of chilli and lemon into a thread and hanging it in front of that property.

8. Sleeping with a scissor or a knife under your pillow avoids bad dreams

Knife and Pillow

Are you also prone to getting bad dreams, that leads you waking up in the middle of the night? Well, there is a simple soloution to this mind bobbling problem. Just keep a knife or a pair of scissors under your pillow before you go to sleep, and this would prevent all the negative thoughts coming to your mind get a positive effect. This is what India thinks, and the thought that Indians grew up with!

7. Invite quarrels and fights with a broken glass/mirror!

broken-mirror

If your mirror has broken down, or the cutlery made of glass has broken down, dispose it off as soon as possible. Don’t keep it or any part of it in your house as it would give an invitation to fights and quarrels with the people. Now, these people can be your family members, your neighbors or even the person that is walking down the street. I think the actual reason, this superstition was created is so that the broken pieces of glass don’t hurt anyone. So, in order to create a fear among people, a dangerous sounding superstition was created.

6. Don’t shake your legs

Shaking Legs

When I was a child, my mother used to tell me not to shake my legs when I was sitting idle. When I asked her the reason, she simply said that it brings bad luck in the family. I didn’t understand the concept as the reason our body unintentionally shakes our legs is in order to maintain body heat by regulating the temperature. How can it be related to the invitation of some sort of bad luck?

5. A Black Cat crossing your way!

black cat crossing

This superstition is so prominent in the minds of people that they just can’t live with the fact that it is just a superstition. I have seen people changing their whole route just because a black cat crossed their way, and if by mistake, they walk the path crossed by the cat, the fear in their mind is so prominent that something bad surely happens with them, although the cat is not the reason of it.

4. Sweeping the floor in evening!

sweep

Sweeping the floor in the evening hours is said to be a taboo in Indian culture. They say it also brings bad luck in home, which is quite a peculiar way of making someone fearful of something, as a person gets what he thinks. If he thinks he is going to get something bad, he performs accordingly, and ends up in achieving that bad thing. The probable reason for our ancestors preventing us to sweep the floor at night time is if some valuable product gets swept away in the darkness of the night.

3. Teen Tigaada Kaam Bigaada

three

The meaning of this quote is “Three is Unlucky”. Just like The Number 13, 3 is also rendered to be unlucky in various sorts, like going to do some work in a group of 3 would surely give a negative output. That is why, it is said that 3 Tigaada, Kaam Bigaada.

2. Coconut Cracking

Coconut covered by splash of its milk on wood plate

Before entering into the newly bought car, or before entering in your new house, before any such auspicious and joyful step, a coconut would be stroke on the ground with high force, so that it breaks into pieces. This is meant as a way of inaugurating a newly bought thing and praying for its longevity.

1. The One Rupee Story

rsz_shagun

You might have seen at weddings, that a wedding gift in thr form of cash is handed over to the bride’s/groom’s parents in a decorative envelope, having a 1 rupee coin taped in the front. This 1 rupee coin speaks more than it shows. In the envelope, one can simply insert a currency note of desired amount and the adjoining 1 rupee would render it to be a Shagun or a wedding gift for the happiness of the family. That 1 rupee is what differentiates a simple note from Shagun.

In the end, I would like to tell everyone what I think these superstitions actually mean. They are nothing but a small portion of our mind, that force us to take the job we are doing in some other way. These superstitions just divert our mind from the path described by us, which leads to distortion of the task or the in completion of the task, which is devised by our mind as a consequence of that superstition.

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  • Ashish Patwal

    i’m shocked to see that the author Is actually an Indian because, he clearly doesn’t know the actual meanin behind these superstitions.

    So, i will describe some points very clear for the readers especially the non-Indians..:

    First of all, you must know the reason behind the “day phobia”. In our Holy books, Tuesday is considered as the Day of The Great Sage Hanuman (also illustrated in RAMAYAN). The physical outlook of Shri Hanuman ji is described as resembling to Monkey (as he is the son of Monkey God Kesari and an incarnation of Three eyed GOD Shiva). Hence, he got hairs all over his body including long nails and facial hairs. For those, who worship Shri Hanuman ji, they don’t do their nails or hairs or shave on Tuesday to make the Lord Hanuman Happy. Similarly, all Indian Mothers instruct their children s to do the same so as to make them understand the importance.

    Now, lets talk about the the 12th one “live in fear for a better future”. Yes, it is true. Hindu Mythology believes in next-incarnation of you will happen as a result of your deeds of previous incarnation. and because of these believes only we Indian still got some decency left. We don’t throw our parents in Old Age Homes. We don’t switch life partners like pair of shoes. We have kept pornography and prostitution illegal. We respect our elders and friendship with all our heart. We protest against abortion. We never forget to remember our GOD in good times. I know we are not perfect but still we are trying instead of adopting the western culture. I hope it’s enough for you to realize the answer. Sometimes fear is necessary to keep things right.

    Lets take another one, the fourth one “sweeping the flour in the evening”. In the Satya Yuga, the LORD Vishnu incarnation came on earth as LORD Narasimha to save his devotee Prahlad from his evil Father ” Hiranyakashipu”. Hiranyakashipu had a boon from LORD Brahma that he can’t get killed by man or animal, inside or out, day or night, on earth or the stars, or with a weapon. Hence LORD Narasimha had a body of a man but head and claws of a lion. He then killed “Hiranyakashipu” at the courtyard threshold of his house, AT DUSK, with his claws, while he lay on his thighs. As LORD Narasimha did this AT DUSK. Hence, to respect the LORD, HINDUS don’t sweep floors in evening or at dusk. Also, the evening time is worshiping time for every HINDU, any dirty sweeping work during that time is not welcome.

    Similarly. every single superstitions given above got an explanation (most of them are religious). Hence, you must research, realize and reciprocate the truth before raising a single finger on the oldest Civilization on earth.

    JAI MATA DI

    • CoolVader

      I think you are the perfect poster boy of superstitious beliefs that the author was trying to convey. Being proud of our heritage and culture should not be confused with the notion that we have to adopt every nonsense that was inherent in our cultures. To assume that everything was perfect in the “good ol’ days” of our past and we need to get back to that culture is sheer ignorance of how cultures and humanity evolve. Yes, I am proud of the rich heritage and culture that we have … but it’s all museum material to be remembered and cherished … not followed.

      • Ashish Patwal

        well if you think of culture and heritage as a nonsense museum material, u better get out from my Hindustan..
        u r not evolving..u r leaving ur own culture for the westerners..and we have already suffered enough bcoz of people like urself..
        Actually i have a suggestion for u…Why don’t u take sme time off work frm ur perfect beef-eating, Alcoholic WeekEnd bright metropolitan life and visit the real rural India..
        may b u will get to see and realise…What real India is all about..

    • Bb

      Can you explain one about upsidedown shoes please… All anyone tells me is bad luck …bad omen .. Ominous. .. But no one knoes the answer as to why… Please explain the curiosity it killing me lol

  • Ashish Patwal

    i’m shocked to see that the author Is actually an Indian because, he clearly doesn’t know the actual meanin behind these superstitions.

    So, i will describe some points very clear for the readers especially the non-Indians..:

    First of all, you must know the reason behind the “day phobia”. In our Holy books, Tuesday is considered as the Day of The Great Sage Hanuman (also illustrated in RAMAYAN). The physical outlook of Shri Hanuman ji is described as resembling to Monkey (as he is the son of Monkey God Kesari and an incarnation of Three eyed GOD Shiva). Hence, he got hairs all over his body including long nails and facial hairs. For those, who worship Shri Hanuman ji, they don’t do their nails or hairs or shave on Tuesday to make the Lord Hanuman Happy. Similarly, all Indian Mothers instruct their children s to do the same so as to make them understand the importance.

    Now, lets talk about the the 12th one “live in fear for a better future”. Yes, it is true. Hindu Mythology believes in next-incarnation of you will happen as a result of your deeds of previous incarnation. and because of these believes only we Indian still got some decency left. We don’t throw our parents in Old Age Homes. We don’t switch life partners like pair of shoes. We have kept pornography and prostitution illegal. We respect our elders and friendship with all our heart. We protest against abortion. We never forget to remember our GOD in good times. I know we are not perfect but still we are trying instead of adopting the western culture. I hope it’s enough for you to realize the answer. Sometimes fear is necessary to keep things right.

    Lets take another one, the fourth one “sweeping the flour in the evening”. In the Satya Yuga, the LORD Vishnu incarnation came on earth as LORD Narasimha to save his devotee Prahlad from his evil Father ” Hiranyakashipu”. Hiranyakashipu had a boon from LORD Brahma that he can’t get killed by man or animal, inside or out, day or night, on earth or the stars, or with a weapon. Hence LORD Narasimha had a body of a man but head and claws of a lion. He then killed “Hiranyakashipu” at the courtyard threshold of his house, AT DUSK, with his claws, while he lay on his thighs. As LORD Narasimha did this AT DUSK. Hence, to respect the LORD, HINDUS don’t sweep floors in evening or at dusk. Also, the evening time is worshiping time for every HINDU, any dirty sweeping work during that time is not welcome.

    Similarly. every single superstitions given above got an explanation (most of them are religious). Hence, you must research, realize and reciprocate the truth before raising a single finger on the oldest Civilization on earth.

    JAI MATA DI

  • rifath fathima

    There is also using only right hand to hand over something or right leg to step in. What if I do not have a right hand or a right leg?

    • amy

      Which hand do you use to wash ur ass dear…I hope you don’t use the right hand and have food with that hand….may be you like eating and washing with dame hand but we don’t like doing that…..i guess you understood the value of using right hand

      • rifath fathima

        Assuming a person is left handed an open minded person might let the reversal of the usage of hands.. Right can be used to wipe the ass and left for eating.. It is funny that the only thing u can think of is eating from ur ass.. There are other usages of hands and legs( u forgot about legs) .. the simple thing i asked was about stepping in using a right leg only.. But I understand that superstition and fantasy about eating from ur ass is more important to you than the person itself.. So I can here on just ignore anything ‘person who eats from the ass’ says..

        • Vinod

          A belief is a belief, if something is not working for the society and is a hindrance than that should be altered, updated or dropped altogether. Does all these stuff is a real hindrance for us, I guess not so we should continue that. Regarding the left foot or right foot question, all I could see hatred among different communities as if its like a competition where we are trying to score that we are better than you. If we really understand one-another we can say the person’s any friend, relative can help him/her to do so, and if the guy has no help than I guess god will not be so narrow minded that he/she will get angry and even if they do does it matter? If I don’t have leg than I cannot do anything, I am missing a leg.

          Well the problem here I can see is hatred. The author rolled the ball and we all added momentum to it, ignoring where it is heading. Let us not forget we are all human beings and share the same earth so weather we like it or not we will have to learn co-existence.

          A promise is nothing but a superstition, it has no physical existence but I still respect that. I respect all living and non-living things, just because its not the promise but the faith behind the promise. If in onsite,in western countries I meet many beautiful women, seductress and I get lured I feel mental-sexual pressure but still I do not follow that lane. You know why because I am a fool, I am a superstitious human being. I lead a damned life full of troubles but still never quit, my past never showed me any hope but still I go on because I am superstitious.

          Let us be friends, let us not point finger but be an idiot and for a friend’s stupid promise waste our lives. I have no hope of anything. But still I love my country. I am an Indian.

          Saala sab log munna bhai MBBS movie pe paise lutate ho, Salman, SRK, Amitabh ke ghar ke samne line lagate ho fir bhi bacchho ki tarah jhagadna nahi chorte. Jaane de naa yaar. Sab log dusre ki aadat ko accept karo. Accept each-other and make our India heaven. Grow up guys we are the young generation and if this is us than I think we are no different than our parents. Let us change that collectively.

          Jai Hind!!!

  • Monica Mukherjee

    I am just shocked that anyone should have any opinion at all on the beliefs of any culture . It’s our belief and we didnt ask for your validation and we dont throw it in your face. Your right to swing your umbrella ends where my nose begins- thanks but no thanks – I will keep whatever beliefs I have and you can keep your opinions!!- A Proud Indian

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