Menstruation, which is also known as the period, is normal vaginal bleeding that occurs as a normal cycle to the woman. Menstrual flow might occur every 21 to 35 days and last two to 7 days. This is a natural process, and everyone needs to understand this. As this is the process in which a woman prepares to give birth, We should be able to adopt it as a natural process and should not regard it as a boundary to restrict women to do or not to do anything.
Menstruation in Hindu Culture
In the context of the Hindu religion, Menstruation and the person suffering from Menstruation is regarded as impure. Many girls and women are subjected to restrictions in their daily lives simply because they are menstruating. For girls, not entering the puja room, the kitchen is the main restriction during menstruation. The four Vedas never states anywhere that a woman’s body is impure or that she cannot do poojas during Menstruation. Prohibiting women from entering temples and regarding them as impure is against the teachings of the Vedas. So generally, All these myths are created by the human themselves.
It’s just been a few years since we eradicated Chaupadi Pratha from our society. But it is believed that it is still practised in many rural areas of Nepal. Chhaupadi is a form of menstrual taboo that prohibits Hindu women and girls from participating in normal family activities while menstruating, as they are considered “impure” and kept in a separate place. We’ve heard about the death of many girls in the ruler area because of this Pratha. Some due to snakebite, some due to cold and other illnesses, and some were even raped. Is it appropriate to endanger your daughter/sister/wife/mother’s life in the name of culture and tradition?
It is believed that the woman menstruating is impure because Menstruation is the process of purifying impure blood from a woman body. And the woman on her periods is not allowed to go to the temple, enter the kitchen, touch food items, touch means(as they are sacred and pure) and whatever not even today. This natural process, which is not even related to purity or sacredness, is restricting Hindu women from participating in festivals, poojas, and events she wants to participate in.
In Hinduism, menstruating women have traditionally advised rules to follow. As Menstruation is seen as a period of purification, women are regarded as impure and often separated from the place of worship or any object related to it. But is it appropriates to do so? Is the period that powerful to restrict a woman from doing something she’s willing to do? There is a need of strong awareness programmes to solve this issue.
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