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Scientific Reason Behind Hanging Leaves On Doors

Scientific Reason Behind Hanging Leaves On Doors



It is common practice in India to decorate the main door of the house, temples or areas where rituals are being performed to be decorated with a garland of leaves. Today this has just become part of the Hindu tradition and the true meaning behind this gesture has become obscure with time to many.

It may just be a ritual but there is a more scientific meaning behind the hanging of these leaves.

The garland is made preferrably of fresh and green mango leaves for their aesthetically pleasing appearance but neem leaves are also included most of the time. As we know, green leaves absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This helps in keeping the surrounding atmosphere clean and hygienic.

Theoretically, the air filled with carbon dioxide is purified when it passes through the leaves while the pestering insects get attracted to the garland, leaving the occupants of the area alone.

The colour green is also soothing and refreshing to the mind. People who have extremely stressful lifestyle find it relaxing to spend time in nature. Spending time in greenery lets the conscious brain rest, replenishing the power of attention and lowering anxiety. Having a garland of leaves at the doorstep can be a small way of relaxing and unwinding from stress.




When the leaf has just fallen, it has plenty to continue photosynthesizing for a while, although how long will vary. In fact, because the chloroplasts are separate organelles from the rest of the leaf’s cells much like mitochondria,  they would be one of the last things in the leaf to stop working. As soon as the leaf dries out, photosynthesis no longer works. The darker the leaf, the longer time it has to create photosynthesis. 

In villages, it was common to use dry mango leaves to treat certain ailments. The dry mango leaves were powered, mixed with coconut oil and used in first aid for cuts and wounds. The mango garland would thus come in handy for providing immediate aid in cases that needed to immediately stop the bleeding.

Along with handing the leaves, it was common practice to apply turmeric paste on the threshold of a house. Turmeric is well known for its anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties. While the leaves freshened the air and distracted insects, turmeric applied around the door stopped bacteria and other microscopic organisms from entering the house.

The combination of yellow and green not only brightened up the area but also brought about a cheerful presence with it.

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20 Responses to "Scientific Reason Behind Hanging Leaves On Doors"

  1. A S N HEBBAR  April 17, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    NICE INFORMATION.QUITE CONVINCING.

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  2. kousikan c s  June 18, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Looking for more of this kind

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  3. naveenkushal  July 10, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    nice one

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  4. ramesh  July 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    if the leaves are plucked out of the tree who will it be breathing air?

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  5. ramesh  July 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    sry I meant
    How nt Who

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  6. rajiv  July 13, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Excellent Article.

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  7. Gita  November 8, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Neem is also known to ward of ghosts and spirits. that is why neem tree near the house is nebeficial.
    These door hangings are called Toran in Gujarati. Very often there are hand made toran with small beads or crocheted with auspicious symbols like swastikas, laxmidevi, Ganesh etc. These are there to invoke auspiciousness. Gita

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  8. Dr Satya P.Bindra  November 8, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    This is indeed creating a mini natural environment for healthy and disease free living of inhabitants. We are born to live in harmony with nature. This alone can help to tap the full brain potentials. Unfortunately a common man barely uses 5% of his brain potential. What a terrible waste of human resources!.

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  9. R.Rajeswari  November 11, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Very good articles enhance our knowledge

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  10. Janak  November 14, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Great , and thanks for sharing the information, is giving information as well as , a complete scientific reason as well as,…………… ONLY we are racing to be a modern and leaving our rich system, custom behind.
    \
    Our forefathers invented many things and such things is adopted in living routine life n living

    Great .; next generation someday will understand how rich we are

    Thanks keep sharing

    Janak
    Gujarat

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  11. leyan  November 16, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Its a great article. Hindhuism is science. Share more to the world.

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  12. Dr prabhu  November 17, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    The true reason behind this ritual is because of the high biovibes of the mango leaves which cleanses our aura esply crown chakra level when we pass under the leaves .the biovibes of mango leaves is >15 inches ( research by goldenhands malaysia ) in fact we have hundreds of photos of all objects dr prabhu has taken lots of efforts to prove that in hinduism we do lot of rituals which has science behind .do contact ud for further info on biovibes

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  13. Dilip  December 26, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Superb Job by sharing such an article, thing which we just follows in our day to day traditional and life but don’t no the real meaning. This type of article will help people to be more traditional in their life 🙂

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  14. usha  December 29, 2014 at 11:25 am

    mango leaves and neem leaves have disinfectant aspect also.that’s why the ‘purna kumba ‘and ‘homa kumba ‘have mango leaves around the mouth of the pot as to be dipped in the ‘kumba jala ‘ to make the water pure and aromatic in anatural way.

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  15. Chandrekant Chauhan  October 9, 2015 at 5:42 am

    our ancestors have very vast knowledge in almost every field. and they know that very scientifically. and they say our culture is shit. but i m proud of my ancestors and my cultural heritage. we really should know the potential of our cultural and its true meaning before its get destroyed by the evil forces.

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  16. Laju panda  October 9, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Glad to know about the new things, because I have no idea about this. Very nice to know about our Hindu culture and traditions, which is fully meaningful. Thanks to join me.

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  17. Judy pillay  October 10, 2015 at 3:47 am

    Thank u for sharing science behind hindu practices.

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  18. Ramaprasad Venkataraman  October 11, 2015 at 3:55 am

    Now a days you get plastic and Aluminum foil leaves. One time all time!

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  20. R V Divakar  July 28, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Whether these leaves ( mango & been) when dry has to be removed.

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