Ear piercing is also called karnvedhan in Indian culture as it is a part of 16 sanskara of Hinduism.

Ear Piercing
Ear Piercing


Welcome to the world of divine readings at www.onindianpath.com. I am writing this blog on karn vedhan – ear piercing ritual in Hinduism. I hope it will give you insights on why Hindus have pierced ears.


Hinduism is the largely followed religion in the world. Hinduism is a way of living. You must have witness Hindus with choti (braid) and pierced ears. Lets understand it in detail:

Why do Hindus pierce their ears?

a) Ear piercing or Karnavedha is the traditional practice in India, which is not limited to any specific gender; both men and women follow this ritual.

b) As said above it is a part of 16 sanskara of Hinduism. Particularly in southern India, karn vedhan or ear piercing is done with great fun and glee.

c) Further Hindus perform a big ceremony for karnvedhan sanskara. Havana and puja is a must to do at home while having ear piercing of the child.

d) Also there are priests and elders at home who recite mantras in the ears of the child. Specifically, mantras or prayers are recited during the ear-piercing ceremony to invoke blessings and protection.

e) Apparently, Hindu scriptures suggests that the ear piercing should be done at the age of 7 or 9 month or 7th or 8th year of age. It should be done before attaining the age of 12 years.

Which side of ear is pierced first?

Ear piercing baby
Ear piercing ritual taking place

Generally, a girl child has her left side ear pierced first and a boy has his right side ear pierced first. Eventually the reason is that there are muscles and nerves in our ear lobes that are connected to our ears which if pierced properly will lead to increase in hearing capacity of the child.

Why is it important to have pierced ear?

a) Ancient scriptures suggests that if person who has not done ear piercing will not be able to perform the last rites or antim sanskara of his or her deceased relative.

b) Moreover ear piercing is also a good sign for controlling the malice effect of rahu and ketu in the horoscope of native.

What are the benefits of ear piercing?

  • Infact karnvedhan or ear piercing is considered a rite of passage and is believed to have religious and cultural significance.
  • Apart from its religious and cultural significance it also has some ayurvedic and acupressure benefits too. Ayurveda and acupressure tells us that ear piercings have many health benefits, as certain pressure points in the earlobe are associated with various body functions like proper functioning of brain, nervous system etc.
  • Although Piercing the ears at specific points may stimulate these pressure points, potentially improving mental health.
  • Firstly, it leads to increased concentration power, improving blood circulation in the brain and reducing the risk of getting paralysis.
  • Secondly, it also helps in improving the health of reproductive organs. It has been proved by science also.
  • Thirdly, some Hindus believe that ear piercings enhance spiritual and mental development.
  • Fourthly, Karnavedha is a cultural tradition that has been passed down through generations in many Hindu families. It may be performed as a way to maintain and honor the customs and practices of their culture.
  • In some Hindu families, ear piercings signify gender identity. Even it’s common for girls to have their ears pierced at a young age as a symbol of their femininity.
  • Lastly we all know that many people, regardless of their religion, choose to pierce their ears for aesthetic reasons. Earrings are a popular form of jewelry and self-expression.


Hence, we can conclude the blog by saying that ear piercing is a very old ritual of indian culture, which has many religious, cultural and health benefits. Have a blessed day ahead.

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