Importance of ear-piercing in Hinduism

Ear-piercing is one of the sixteen major samskaras (sacraments) known of Sanatana Dharma known as Karnavedha. This ceremony is typically performed between the first and fifth years of life. Karnavedha is considered a Vedic rite of passage with symbolic spiritual significance. Some believe that it is intended to open the inner ears for receiving sacred sounds. Hearing of sacred sounds with concentration is considered meritorious in that it cleanses the mind and nurtures the spirit.


According to Ayurveda, the lobe of the ear has an important point right in the centre. This point is one of the most important areas for reproductive health. Ear piercing at an early age in kids is said to ensure proper brain development. The ear lobes have the meridian point that connects the right hemisphere to the left hemisphere of the brain. Piercing of this point helps activate these parts of the brain. Principles of acupressure therapy also claim that when these meridian points are stimulated, it helps in the healthy and quick development of the brain.

Another scientific reason behind performing this ritual. It is believed that piercing the ears helps in the development of intellect, the power of thinking and decision-making. Apparently, talkativeness blows away life’s energy and ear-piercing help in speech-restraint.


There is no compulsion to follow this ritual, it is up to the respective beliefs. Nowadays people follow this ritual more like a fashion, youngsters pierce their ears and wear studs. No matter what sacraments find their way to sustain in the generations.