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Why do we avoid cutting hair or nails on certain days?

There are many rituals and traditional beliefs in Hinduism. I had put a questions box on my stories and so many of you asked the question… “Why is we do not cut hair on certain days”, some people said Tuesdays, Thursdays and some people said Saturday. People have said they avoided this as it brings bad luck…Let’s find out more The Jai Jais Way.

In Hinduism cutting hair on certain days is considered to be inauspicious… but why? There seem to be many stories related to this. Again it’s that melting pot I find of superstition, tradition, and religion, from what I have read there are certain reasons that avoiding this practice has its own benefits.

In ancient time Tuesdays or Saturdays were the days the barbers would have off, this could have been because of religious, astrological concepts and holidays.

Religiously Tuesday is a day that is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Lakshmi, the goddesses of wealth and prosperity. Tuesdays are considered as the day of income. People in certain parts of India believe it’s a day not to give things or money away. People feel that cutting hair or nails is disrespectful to Lakshmi, and may invite misfortune.

Tuesday is also a day which is dedicated to the worship of Hanuman. Devotees fast on this day, and pray to Hanuman.  Cutting hair, and nails is a sign of disrespect.

In Astrological terms on Tuesdays the planet Mars is close to Earth (Prithvi). Mars resides in the blood of our body and the origin of hair is blood. Cutting hair or nails may cause excessive blood loss if an injury occurs. It has been said there is known to be an increase in blood circulation in bodies. Also it is said that special rays are emitted from Mars the Mangal Graham which can affect us, hair is like a protective shield for our head and mind. Thursday is the day of Jupiter, significator of wealth, knowledge and offspring.  Saturday is the day of Saturn. Saturn is the planet that gives death as well as increases the life. This planet is also related to the skin of humans.

Devotees don’t cut their hair as a mark of respect to Lakshmi and Hanuman. There is limited evidences found in religious scriptures… is this a ritual? A custom… or just this is how its always been…. I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you avoid cutting your hair on these days?


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