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Logical Reasons Why Hindus Avoid Sweeping at Night

Everyone must have heard from his or her guardians or older people that one should not sweep and mop at night because it might bring about some negative impacts. But what are these negative impacts? I have always wondered but never dared to ask or question them.

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Today, when somebody talked about this issue, I thought of the issue and tried to figure out some answers. I have some points related to this topic:

  1. It is said that sweeping and mopping at night or after it gets dark will make Goddess Lakshmi leave the house. This may refer to our valuable things, like for example, pieces of jewelry may be swept away in the dark. Since Goddess Lakshmi refers to wealth, “Goddess Lakshmi leaving the house” might just mean that you might lose your jewelry while sweeping away. Many might have faced this situation back in the days when there was no electricity.
  2. Insects, reptiles may get attracted towards your house smelling rotten foods and remaining in the garbage. Hindu religion is basically Indian continent tradition and these living things are common in that area.
  3. Sweeping usually creates a dusty environment as most houses were made by mud in those times. Dust can go through the nasal area and body, and you will need to take a bath. Usually, the night is cold and may cause fever or flu if you bathe at night.
  4. In the night, all the people are home and they are being disturbed due to sweeping and dust created by it. Usually, dust in the nasal area makes it hard to sleep and take good rest.
  5. Easiest thought is sweeping and mopping in the dark is itself difficult. You cannot see things properly in deep candlelight and the work need to be done is not adequate.

In today’s context, this might not be that effective because of electricity and may just be referred to as mere superstition. Even though if you have lost any important things, you can put second thought if you have done cleaning things last night.

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