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Why do we Hang Lemon and 7 Green Chillies In shops and Business Places?

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In India i had seen it many times that shopkeepers hang Lemon and 7 green chillies in Shops. But most of these people in India and around the world do not know the reason,Why do we Hang Lemon and 7 Green Chillies In shops and Business Places? and just following the crowd on the name of custom or tradition. So, I decided to do some research and find out the truth behind it and found out some really knowledgeable and must share stuff.

Why do we Hang Lemon and 7 Green Chillies In shops and Business Places?

Well there are two type of belief behind this custom (tradition). One is traditional belief i.e. what people believe and other is scientific belief . We will talk about both traditional and scientific (or ancient) belief with some of its history one by one:

◾Traditional Belief (what people think):

Most of the People believes that Alakshmi, god of misfortune brings bad luck to the shop owners or business. In order not to allow her entering the shops they hang these 7 chilies and lemon. Alakshmi likes sour, pungent and hot things. Therefore at the door, Alakshmi will only come up to the door and eat her favorite food and satisfy her hunger and leave without entering the shop. It is believed that after consuming lemon and green chillies, Alakshmi loses her urge to enter the house or shop. She will turn around without casting her vicious eye.

◾Scientific (Ancient) Belief:

At the ancient time people dont have pesticide so common and Shops are made of mud so there is great chances of pests or insects to borne so thy use the cotton thread which is used to pierce the chillies and lemon absorbs the acid from the fruit whilst it is fresh. This smell keeps the pests and insects away from the shops. This is a simple pesticide which came into practice from ancient times, which is mislead now superstitiously

After knowing the reason, all logics seems so simple. Our Ancestor are more scientific than us , they just hide the pure logic and attach it to religion.

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