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Menstrual Taboo in Hinduism

Menstrual Taboo in Hinduism



A look at major religions of the world shows that, without exception, they have placed restrictions on menstruating women. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism have all made statements about menstruation and its negative effect on women, leading to prohibitions about physical intimacy, cooking, attending places of worship, and sometimes requiring women to live separately from men at this time. –Deepu P. Thomas

Practice

In pre-Christian centuries, women were considered to be “impure” during their menstruation and in some cultures (e.g. Huaulu of Indonesia) they were confined to special menstrual huts. Moreover, menstruating women were believed to be dangerous in early western societies and social restrictions were placed upon them. In fact, the British Medical Journal in 1878 claimed that a menstruating woman would cause bacon to putrefy.

As recently as 25 years ago, it was reported that farmers in Eastern and Central Europe believed women, during their periods, should not bake bread or churn butter. Most Christian denominations do not specify rituals or rules related to menstruation, but the Eastern Orthodox Church does advise women not to receive communion during this time.

The Qur’an forbids intercourse during menstruation and women are excused from prayers and fasting. They are also restricted from entering the mosque. In Sikhism, Guru Nānak condemned the practice of treating menstruating women as impure and felt that it should not prevent her from wanting to pray or accomplishing her religious duties.




In Hinduism the first menstruation of a young girl is a cause for celebration, with special presents given. However menstrual blood has generally been considered impure. At my grandmother’s house, women were not permitted to cook in the kitchen, had different utensils, ate and slept separately. They were also not allowed to enter the prayer room. Nonetheless, when as a 12-year-old girl I visited my grandparents during the summer holidays, my loving and pragmatic grandmother spared me this embarrassment by asking me to not tell anyone about my periods!

Rasion d’être

Swami Chinmayananda explained this practice in physiological, hormonal and emotional terms. Earlier the traditional role of a woman in the house involved arduous and physically demanding tasks such as carrying heavy pots of water, grinding of wheat, daals, rice and masalas, farming duties and so on. During periods women suffer in varying degrees from discomfort to cramps and headaches to PMS syndrome which includes depression, anger and mood swings.

Thus they were prescribed rest during the three days of menstruation. However the only way this could actually be enforced was to put a religious taboo on it and exempt women from all household tasks. In fact in orthodox homes in India men, who would otherwise not lift a finger to help at home, actually do the cooking!

Prayer – a personal relationship with God

A few weeks ago, I discussed this topic with Swamini Vimalanandaji, a senior and highly respected Swamini of the Chinmaya Mission. She emphatically stated there was no need to feel any guilt in doing one’s pooja, chanting, and prayers at the altar of one’s home. There was absolutely no sin incurred. However, since a large number of people in India are still strict believers, one should, as respect to their beliefs, refrain from entering public places of worship.

~ Kumkum Bhatia

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40 Responses to "Menstrual Taboo in Hinduism"

  1. Viv Capri  June 15, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Ms Deepu Thomas… can you leave an email address, where clarifications can be sought? Any particular parts of the Bible, where this occurs?
    The 1st paragraph in this article has your name at the end. hence the request to you.
    Thanks
    VivCapri

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  2. Dr. Ajai Singh  June 30, 2014 at 4:43 am

    Menstruation is a natural cyclic biological phenomenon and has been considered and practiced in ancient times as period of isolation for mentruating women. Social, traditional or religious beliefs may be many due to customary or less education about menses, that it only got an aversive attitude and personal hygenic issue in family and civilized societies.
    Recent scientific researches have undisputablly established that during menturation women body turns in Stem Cell nursery and during gestation and delivery placenta becomes a store house of such specialized cells that have power to regenerate and rejuvinate wearing and dying other cellular assemblies. Many pharmaceutical companies are researching to bring products that they have found miraculous in curing some diseases effectively. During menstruation need of stem cells is more as more wear and tear of tissues occur.
    Since to hide is beast defense when there is deficiency of right knowledge and its application, therefore societies turned aversive to such no-choice natural conditioning of women and thereafter knitted more hallucinating misinformations among those who like to live in the gossiping domains.

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    • Arunkumar N T  July 10, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      Superb reply………….Though Im Brahmin, belong to one of the top sect. But Im a science student. So I strongly beleived that, the tradition followed has some reasoning, which was not avoidable in those day, but with advent, of science, we no longer require such taboos.

      1. Menstruation happens at any time of the day n without much warning, so naturally, its embarashing, for a woman in such situation, so they thought its better to isolate them during this period and protect the dignity of womanhood.
      2. As we all know there is lot of PMS issues, mood swings, depression, stress during this period, its better to provide rest to them, this will show care and concern, which will increase the bondage between the family.

      Unfortunately, instead of understanding, we have been following rituals blindly, which is not good at any time. With the invention of Sanitary Pads, no more isolation is required, all that they require is good rest, bc of PMS issues, which is not avoidable at this stage. Ah, whats wrong, if men of the family need to take care of woman for these 3-5 days, let them also know how woman manage the house for the rest of 25-27 days of the month?

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  3. ruchi  July 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I dont agree with anyone who says that during menstrual cycle it’s okay to pray in temple or otherwise. The reason may not be known to the author of this article and hence quotes from a swamiji who himself doesnt understand the true meaning of abstinence from prayer during this period.

    All deities, higher beings we pray to are not visible to us. They are there in their astral form and the are extremely sensitive to smell. Hence, during the monthly cycle since the odour is extremely string and unpleasant, women are advised and hence keep away from praying. Instead of pleasing the deities, women repel them.

    In prayers, we light beautiful smelling incense sticks to attract the gods – if that principle stands. Then it shouldn’t be difficult to understand that it’s not unscientific that the same be applied to the repelling odour during the woman’s monthly cycle.

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    • Radha  August 28, 2014 at 10:21 am

      What nonsense are you talking about? So the smell of semen, sperm and sweat doesn’t shoo the Gods away? What right have you got, telling that the smell of period chases the God away? God created the body and systems of a woman. So, if they have period, it is just a sign of the perfection of God’s creation. Prayers are for the soul, not for the body. We Hindus believe in the concept of moksha, where our soul achieves liberation. We hindus know that this body is temporary. What occurs within our body is natural and shouldn’t be used to discriminate others. Do you know, by depriving a woman to pray, you’re denying her rights as a Hindu? Isn’t that a bigger sin compared to a woman praying at the altar? Besides, we Hindus believe strongly in the concept of Shaktism where female deities are as strong, and powerful as male deities. In fact, without Shakti, there can’t be Shiva. Without Radha being prayed first, Lord Krishna refuses any offerings. Without Saraswati, there can’t be Brahma. God exists within all of us, thus the chanting “Har har Mahadev” (All of us are Mahadev). God is great, god is merciful. God doesn’t care whether we have period or not. Why women are not allowed to enter the temple last time was because of the non-existence of sanitary pads which help stop blood from flowing out. I’m sorry, you’ve got to change your mindset here. This rule is written in the Manusmriti, by King manu ( a man) and as we all know, any rule written by man has flaws. Besides, some rules are written by men, and for men. Hell, look at the Shiva lingga. It isn’t complete until it has a yoni (female organ). Please, change our mindset. Stop denying Hindu women’s rights. Hinduism is perfect, don’t make it imperfect.

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      • Myrle  November 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm

        I love this!!

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      • Gia Dipu  March 25, 2015 at 6:29 am

        Wow .. Miss Radha…

        This was great comment. applaud from my side for such talk.. May God bless u always.

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    • Radha  August 28, 2014 at 10:21 am

      What nonsense are you talking about? So the smell of semen, sperm and sweat doesn’t shoo the Gods away? What right have you got, telling that the smell of period chases the God away? God created the body and systems of a woman. So, if they have period, it is just a sign of the perfection of God’s creation. Prayers are for the soul, not for the body. We Hindus believe in the concept of moksha, where our soul achieves liberation. We hindus know that this body is temporary. What occurs within our body is natural and shouldn’t be used to discriminate others. Do you know, by depriving a woman to pray, you’re denying her rights as a Hindu? Isn’t that a bigger sin compared to a woman praying at the altar? Besides, we Hindus believe strongly in the concept of Shaktism where female deities are as strong, and powerful as male deities. In fact, without Shakti, there can’t be Shiva. Without Radha being prayed first, Lord Krishna refuses any offerings. Without Saraswati, there can’t be Brahma. God exists within all of us, thus the chanting “Har har Mahadev” (All of us are Mahadev). God is great, god is merciful. God doesn’t care whether we have period or not. Why women are not allowed to enter the temple last time was because of the non-existence of sanitary pads which help stop blood from flowing out. I’m sorry, you’ve got to change your mindset here. This rule is written in the Manusmriti, by King manu ( a man) and as we all know, any rule written by man has flaws. Besides, some rules are written by men, and for men. Hell, look at the Shiva lingga. It isn’t complete until it has a yoni (female organ). Please, change our mindset. Stop denying Hindu women’s rights. Hinduism is perfect, don’t make it imperfect.

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  4. Subramaniam P G  July 9, 2014 at 3:12 am

    The article is interesting. Yes, in modern times the issue needs a different perspective. In early days this was also a kind of necessity as mentioned by author. But in today’s environment, it is more of respecting the tradition or adherence to Doctrines or Strictures. Many families are not even celebrating today of the attainment of Menstruation in young girls. Such celebration was related to a kind of announcement of Elelgible girl for marriage as child marriage was prevalent in those days.

    Someone requested to know more about references to bible on menstruation. You can find a lot at http://www.openbible.info/topics/menstruation.

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  5. Eskay  August 4, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I am a South Indian male and an agnostic (born Hindu) and could never comprehend this issue while growing up.
    But after my marriage to a Catholic, found out that she would not touch any pickle condiments of the Indian variety on those five “menstruating” days because it would spoil very quickly. She would also restrict her time in the kitchen cooking because all the curries would also not last that long (especially Sambhar).
    Even during her breastfeeding my kids days, her milk would have a distinct taste change during that period (pun intended).
    I am gifted with a very sharp and keen sense of smell and can easily tell her when her period was due two days before it even started (she has always been amazed by that capability of mine)
    All this has any co-relation???? Very much perhaps.

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  6. R. Singh  August 15, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Bullshit, all this is ignorance.
    Part of nature and shoudl be delt with positive attitude not negative

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  7. santsamarthak  August 16, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Our shastras contain scientifically backed rules of living which evolved as a result of our sages states of deep meditation. This subtle vision revealed laws of nature which if followed make one align one’s life with nature, thereby bringing about a harmonious and balanced life.

    The impurities in a woman’s physical body are released through the monthly menstrual discharge. During menstruation it is recommended to have light food and lead a disciplined life and to isolate oneself from others for 3 days. On the 5th day a complete bath with a head bath should be had.

    It has been observed that if paapad is being made at home and if a mentruating woman sees it then the paapad becomes red.
    Professor Sheek of America has proved that a mentruating woman’s body contains some strong poisonous substance that whichever garden she roams about in the flowers and leaves dry up, the plants dry and the fruits rot. He also added that trees get filled up with insects.
    An experiment was done. A menstruating woman was made to enter a sugar factory. Later inspection was done. and it was found that the quality of the sugar had deteriorated.

    Hence it is better not to have food cooked by her. Of course one has to take into account the pace of life today. Yet, these rules if followed, will lead to a healthier life.

    Funnily enough, we only tend to ponder on information when it comes recycled from the West but we sneer at our own wealth from our shastras and rishis. What a strange and sad phenomenon!

    Namaskar.
    Himali

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    • Radha  August 28, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Again, another idiot. Hell, I challenge you to ask me to walk around papads and see if they turn red. Nonsense. For your information (seeing that you lack it), The idea of women not coming near altars is in the Manusmriti which is a smriti and written by King Manu (who is a man). As we all can see, any law written by a man has flaws. This isn’t written in the Vedas (Yajur Veda, Rig Veda, Athharva Veda or the Sama Veda). It is not written in the Geeta, Purana or Mahabharata. In fact, even in the Mahabharata, when Draupadi was disrobed by the Kauravas, she was on her period. And guess who came to her rescue? LORD KRISHNA! God doesn’t care if you have period or not, all God wants is pure devotion and the absence of five deadly sins (anger, greed, fear, lust and ego). Read up sacred texts, not laws written by men and for men. Change your mindset!

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      • Lakshmi  November 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm

        Radha, both your replies are awesome. Totally agree. Modern spiritual masters do not place any restriction on women during their periods. Having lived near One of them, I say this with no hesitation whatsoever. Manusmriti has brought Hinduism a bad name in other matters too

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  8. dr g v rao  August 18, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I agree that certain restrictions did help women during such periods but to make them taboo is a bit too much….either way the male dominated Sanatana Dharma did not put any restrictions on males having wet dreams or discharge of semen or mastrubating males………..

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  9. Deepak Pandita  August 18, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I depends on the way you feel @ Ruchi , may be u r right , comfort level is not there while praying, but you are forgetting the point that it shud be Ones individual call rather not a forceful implementation by men. I also believe there wud have been some strong reason, which unfortunately is unknown to each one of us!!!!

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  10. vrishti  September 5, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Rradha , i must say , i am really impressed by the texts you have quoted . and i completely agree with you

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  11. SS  September 11, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Its very simple…during olden days, women did have the hygiene and sanitary facilities that we have today and so they were kept separate from the others , also to give them rest from cramps,etc…to follow that blindly today would be insane…but narrow minds simply cannot be changed…what to do?

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  12. SS  September 11, 2014 at 12:42 am

    * meant to say ‘during olden days, women did not have…’

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  13. Shama  November 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I can’t believe that a girl is justifying that its OK to isolate women in mensturation days. Everything that was stated in ancient days was for a reason for sure and that was because that time we didn’t have sanitary napkins to keep ourselves clean and prevent surroundings from getting stained. Also the smell theory was quite amusing….how abt if I pore a bottle of perfume….m sure that would attract God rather than repelling…ha ha..

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  14. hp  November 17, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    nice discussions

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  15. Venkat Babu Suresh  January 8, 2015 at 8:43 am

    I will tell you a little story which I heard long time back.

    One Day Lord Krishna went to Radha (as usual) to take her to Vrindavan and play with her and the Gopis. However, Radha refused. On asking why, she pointed the stain on her dress. Krishna smiled at this a smeared a fistful of color that were there on Radha, and welcomed her to the most colourful phase of a woman’s life. He told her it was afterall, a gift from God, a power only bestowed on woman to conceive and create like The Supreme and that it is by no mean a cause of embarassment.

    He said, like the season, this marks the begining of spring in a woman’s life and should be celebrated with joy and colour. Some say, it marked the beginning of the festival of Holi. However, the story is not told due to it’s so called “taboo” reasons.

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  16. Ramya  January 11, 2015 at 3:31 am

    In India women wear rings and pendants of gods.Then shouldn’t they remove them as well.if u say a women is impure during her periods,that she shouldn’t talk to or touch anyone then she shouldn’t even go to work.what kind of hypocrisy is it that ppl want women to work bt they say that she is impure.If you say we have to follow this stupid ritual then shouldn’t every office give women off every month during her period.But no,we don’t get them,hell women have to the household chores,go to work,all the while having her period.We are made to follow rules made by some male chauvinist.what right do men or anyone have to say that we can’t pray.If that was the case then god wouldn’t have given women the ability to give birth,because it says that indra gave us this ability and that we have periods every month coz we shared his pataka of Brahmin hatya.

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    • Sanskriti  January 11, 2015 at 5:10 am

      Did you even bother reading the article before ranting? This taboo is set across the world and just not in India under the Hinduism banner. Please go and do some research before commenting.

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  17. Srinivasa  February 7, 2015 at 5:36 am

    I come from an orthodox Brahmin family , Let me put is straight the Taboos during

    a women period time & the reasons behind it

    1 ) Due to loss of blood a women is physically down apart form mood swing , menstrual colic

    & so on & hence the 4 days rest was adviced

    2 ) We never enter Pooja Room without a bath as the sanctity of the place is very important

    whether Sanitary pads have been invented in modern days or it was not available

    100 years back is not that important as compared to purity of pooja room

    A women cannot have bath 5 times a day & hence the restriction to the Pooja Room

    3) I was in Japan some 20 years back on an official visit & came to know in

    a plating section women are transferred from plating section to packing section

    during their period as they found some chemical changes in the plating handled by woman

    whether research was done or it was a close observation I would not know

    4 ) Any Man – women association is not considered for reasons which need

    not be elaborated as it is well understood for many reasons , I deeply appreciate a

    comment that women who toil all through the day could be given the much needed

    rest she needs at this time & men can take over to manage those days to relieve them

    5 ) the biological , the physical , the science & overall concern are the key to this issue

    & nothing should be a blind remark that Pickles would go bad handled by women in this

    period time

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  19. Famous  August 30, 2015 at 4:45 am

    Radha is logical and emphatic sounds like super feminist ofcourse that is impressive in modern world but as we know logical does not mean always right .But we are not from Darwin society , we are not evolved and we had sense of purity ..But women was abstained from certain activities during those days in olden times than that of modern feministic time when in the name equality they are being made to struggle in every field more than their capacity and even getting their life disturbed by confusing every issue with equality .And we know nobody is equal and everybody is perfect .(Another deep controversial statement for you guys)

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  20. Someone  September 7, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    I am new to this discussion thread, but having read through the various posts, I admit I tend to agree with Radha and Ramya’s point of view (though it can seem very radical to some/many others).

    Yes, like others have said, I agree that it definitely is a good idea for women to be given the chance to rest from performing physically demanding tasks such as housework during that time of the month. This was (and still is) possible when the women did/do not work outside of the home and have others to help out as needed (husband, neighbors, house helpers, etc). Unfortunately, for women that work in the office/outside the home (which is the case for many in modern days), they don’t get to call in during their time of the month and say “I’m sorry, I have to take 3-5 days off from work this month”. In many cases, they won’t get to work from home during that time and have to go to work regardless. As a result, they would still have to interact with others. In certain professions such as those in the healthcare industry (e.g. doctors, nurses, to name a few), the women would still have to touch their patients as needed. Would a woman in this situation be considered to be “polluting” the bodies of those whom she touched, as opposed to just doing her job and helping them out as best as she can? Even women who have one or more children to watch at home (possibly including a baby too), there is no such thing as getting “rest” during that time of the month/any time, unless others are around to help out as needed. So the concept of getting rest during that time of the month is not particularly applicable to many modern-day women, though it is tempting. (I have often fantasized about doing nothing during that time of the month other than just sleeping, reading, watching videos, lounging around in sweatpants, eating fruit and sweet snacks and drinking hot tea all day, though that hardly ever happens in the hectic nature of daily life).

    I do understand the avoiding of temples and other public religious places during that time of the month and I do follow that to the best of my ability (or take medicine to postpone my cycle as needed, albeit rarely), though I am sorry to say I do not agree with this rule or the reasoning in modern day life. After all, women do have ways to handle their blood issues in a relatively clean way these days (and without disposable products, too) and many of them do not (and should not) use their periods as an excuse to act all irritable and b****y with others. So I fail to see where the “bad energy” from women during that time would be coming from and hence impact others in the temple or other religious places. Besides, why on earth would God condemn the very same cycle that he designed so that women can reproduce and give birth to a new life? In Hinduism, there are Goddesses too, who are female. Are they considered “impure” during that time too? I sure hope not. The viewpoint of women during menstruation in Sikhism is one I agree with (see http://www.wahegurunet.com/role-of-women-in-sikhism). I don’t agree with Islam’s viewpoint on women during that time.

    I admit I don’t really follow the various rules of cleanliness with regards to menstruation while at my own place. I still enter the kitchen and cook and do other household chores and do prayers and touch the household items per usual. The only proper rule I make sure to follow is to always have a bath first thing in the morning and do a head bath once/twice a week, menses or not. I am fortunate that my husband is not the type of person who prescribes any rules for me regarding that time of the month; indeed, I have come across people who insist that their wife should not light the prayer lamp at home, should not attend a cultural class next to the temple, and should not do a number of other things during that time of the month. A lady once asked me if I was on my cycle before entering her puja room area; I respected her rule but was embarrassed nonetheless.

    In short, I am not sure what the “right” answer or “proper” way of living life regarding menstruation in modern days, but at the very least, I somehow can’t see God condemning women or treating them as “impure” during that time.

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  21. Darshnee Merchant  September 9, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Radha you are absolutely right, I really appreciate you.
    I would say “we women (mother) are foundation of human existence “. Then how would this possible without our menstruations ?????

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  22. chitraniran  October 7, 2015 at 7:47 am

    I completely agree with radha.i agree rituals made in hinduism or other religions were based on some reasons, like some rules we need to follow to avoid accidents(wearing helmet while riding)….but if reason itself has resolved (like non availability of sanitary pads etc or other things which didn’t keep women comfortable those days ) then following old rules appear irrational over that giving coating of hinduism by some idiots will be great insult to our tradition…to keep it simple we should understand in what context our seniors did regulations rather blindly following though the context has resolved. It is similar to encouraging to wear a helmet while walking , eating ,taking bath and sleeping.
    Every life on this earth is god’s creation, he has been described as ‘karunasaagar'(ocean of mercy).why the almighty will runway from the blood or smell of his own creation, how they will make her impure.
    Appearance or fragrances are not the major ways to meet him,otherwise god have stuck in someone’s house with greater perfume composition and not been through slums. He’s not so mere as some people have portraited him.

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  23. True sanatana dharma  October 8, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Yajur Veda Pramana
    http://sacred-texts.com/hin/yv/yv02.htm
    He appealed to a concourse of women, ‘Take the third of my guilt.’ They said, ‘Let us choose a boon; let us obtain offspring from after the menses; let us enjoy intercourse at will up to birth.’ Therefore women obtain offspring from after the menses, and enjoy intercourse at will up to birth, for that was what they chose as a boon. They took a third of his guilt, it became (a woman) with stained garments; therefore one should not converse with (a woman) with stained garments [5], one should not sit with her, nor eat her food, for she keeps emitting the colour of guilt.

    Bhagavatham Pramana
    http://www.harekrsna.com/philosophy/associates/demons/indra/visvarupa.htm
    Since the land accepted one fourth of the sinful reactions, a portion of the land turned into desert. The trees were also given one fourth of the sinful reactions, and therefore they drip sap, which is prohibited for drinking. Because women accepted one fourth of the sinful reactions, they are untouchable during their menstrual period.

    Kanchi Paramacharya
    http://www.kamakoti.org/kamakoti/articles/Veda%20Dharma%20Shastra%20Paripalana%20Sabha%20Morning%20Routine.html
    Our normal eyes cannot see ‘aasoucham’ (ritual impurity) and other types of impurity. We should have faith in the sayings of Maharishis based on their divine vision.

    Vedas are apaurusheya, they are the very breath of Paramatma and hence coexist with Paramatma. Do you want to argue with Paramatma or Vedas? You have NO place in Sanatana dharma if you are Veda Viruddhi (against veda).
    Every word in Bhagavatham is said to be KRISHNA HIMSELF as he promised that he will stay in the form of bhagavatham. Would you like to argue with Sri Krishna or obey the dharma laid by him?

    Please do not incur sin or find logic towards every dharma we follow, if we want a reason/logic for every dharma we need to follow our lifetime will not be enough. If you would like to follow only after finding logic good luck to your way towards the hellish worlds. There are numerous other references in our scriptures towards this matter. There is brahma Hatya dosha which is not apparent to us. Only because it is difficult to implement does not mean you twist the dharma towards not being valid.

    I present this as a well-wisher, PLEASE abide to dharma ordained by the Paramatma himself in Vedas, not to half-cooked swamis/blogger and ruin your dharma leading to sin accrual.
    (BTW Do not argue against me because these are not my words and of course you should not argue against the Vedas.)

    (There are so many aspects previously ridiculed being proved nowadays, don’t wait for proof for everything. Some ex:

    1. We take a dip in Ganga as ordained by shastras never question it, here is one aspect of proof (but not the only reason) not known but always existed.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacteriophage
    Since ancient times, reports of river waters having the ability to cure infectious diseases, such as leprosy, have been documented. In 1896, Ernest Hanbury Hankin reported that something in the waters of the Ganges and Yamuna…..

    2. If our dharma is not eternal how is this even possible to know such aspects, modern science just woke up to this, people ridiculed the very krita-treta-dwapara-kali scales
    http://journalofcosmology.com/AncientAstronomy122.html
    The Hindu cosmology and timeline is considered by some the closest to modern scientific timelines[1] and even more which might indicate that the Big Bang is not the beginning of everything,[2] but just the start of the present cycle preceded by an infinite number of universes and to be followed by another infinite number of universes.[3]
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu_cosmology

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  24. True sanatana dharma  October 8, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Forgot to mention yes everything is natural but we humans do not eat or setup worship in a bathroom, do we?
    Sanatana dharma has women in a esteemed role, a man is not allowed to do yajna without a wife, there is no proper dharma acharana without a wife, no salvation without progeny which is only through a wife. It is said that if women are happy devatas are happy and vice Versa. Men need to go through various rites for purity but (traditional)women are considered pure by default as they are an embodiment of the adishakthi. So there is no point of inequality or inferiority here (such current practices are foreign to our dharma), menstruation rules are as per Vedas. Please do not mix these aspects.

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  25. Sukhram Sahib  November 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    It all depends on what scripture one reads
    some promote the drinking of menstrual blood in various rituals as
    an elixir of immortality?

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  26. Murali  November 23, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    There is a physicis + bio to this whole thing. This was mentioned to me by a Dr in physicist who runs a temple in Upstate New York. Typically me sitting women uterus lining is petty weak. There is a strong force of radiation around th temple especially the good one due to the amount of mantras being recited there .. This could have an impact on women’s health ..today’s feminists don’t understand reasons and for everything there is a flag raises

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  27. Kathie Brobeck  November 23, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Any excuse to give the hard working women of India a time to rest is welcome, what ever the nonsensical traditional reason. [sorry, don’t be angry]

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  28. DJ  November 25, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    in Japan SUSHI chef will be only male , why not women, M is the one of reason they dont allowed women to become chef….bcos food taste will be alter.
    And for My religious belief I dont need explanation from non beleiver. I learn that even mordern science world can’t prove many old indian ved’s thing so it dosent mean that’s myth but scince is poor that it can prove or understand. Example . Ravan has it’s owns plane but science just discover plane few hundred years ago only ……..but since many century we belive that through ramayan and never remove from ramayan. As per science every thing is evidence based, but it’s not true there are many thing you need to belive without evidence bcos we are not able to get eveidance but our sages says and had it.

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  32. anonymous  September 23, 2016 at 10:08 am

    at olden times it was cmplsry for women to wear only single cloth during periods with their hair open………..and so at d tym of cheerharan draupadi was in same texture

    so basically at dat tym women were ordered to sit at a place nd not move here nd dere so as to keep d places cleen………..nd even d temples tooo………..
    bt 2day sanitary napkins had made d lyf so hygenic nd esy so v shd through dese nonsense ideas out of our minds nd live lives normally evn in our periods

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