Why should a person sprinkle water on himself, if he sneezes at a door entrance (Gadapa)?

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    Also We must take a sip of water if we sneeze while eating. Don't know about this one. – Shreemay Panhalkar Feb 9 '15 at 15:55
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    Read: Apastamba Prasna 2, Patala 2, Khanda 3 – Maveňツ May 25 '15 at 11:38
  • @SwamiVishwananda it's difficult to prove what you said is incorrect, but please feel free to quote any sources, if any – asgs Apr 9 '17 at 17:13
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    @asgs proofs lie in the assertion, not in the negation. – Swami Vishwananda Apr 21 '17 at 5:42
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    @SwamiVishwananda, then prove your assertion that it is superstition. If you cannot, then just say you don't know, or that you're guessing that it is superstition. – ram Sep 17 '17 at 17:11

As per my knowledge.. We have to sprinkle that water on door entrance instead of ourselves.

The 'maybe' reason behind that - According to Hindus, there is laxmi at door entrance, and as sneezing consist of germs, we sprinkle waters to fool. ( like.. Its just a water sprinkle n not sneeze)

Just liks after taking prashad, if we want to go the toilet, we advised to have a sip water just to fool.. As we are peeing that water n not prashad. :)

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    Welcome To Hinduism SE! Cite Sources for your answer.Also try to mentain quality standards while providing examples in answer. – SwiftPushkar Sep 10 '16 at 19:31

My grandfather explained why they were told to sprinkle water in entrance. Everything told in age old were scientific but unfortunately lot are outdated practices followed blindly. Below is the actual reason : In olden days majority were huts & small homes built with wet mud compacted entrance (read entrance flooring) . So whenever someone sneezes whole passing the entrance.. the vibrations will cause the mud to loose & crack with time.. Hence to maintain its compacted state they were asked to sprinkle water & maintain the moist state.

This is also the reason why they sprinkle water before putting kolam. Kolam traditionally was put on the mud compacted entrance. So the practice of sprinkling water every morning was to ensure the entrance flooring is well compacted maintained everyday as dry mud may loosen up with time

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    Kolam is put so that small beings like ants and insects are fed, and also so they don't enter the home searching for sugar or food and get trampled. – ram Sep 17 '17 at 19:12

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