Why should a person sprinkle water on himself, if he sneezes at a door entrance (Gadapa)?
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. :)
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 Everything told in age old were scientific but unfortunately lot are outdated practices followed blindly.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