Now as per definition, rituals r the beginners gateway to enter into the deep waters of religion in search of spirituality.Many so called modern guys consider all these rituals meaningless & useless.They mark rituals as an exploitative weapon to fool the society at large & they r not wrong in totality if u observe history. But then why the people r attracted inspite of modern developments in science & philosophy? Well,there can be multiple reasons behind it but the basic reason is that they still don't find rituals useless & meaningless because their belief systems r strong enough to tackle any attack of modernity.They wholeheartedly believe that they r going to benefit from it & the divine blessings will surely come to them sooner or later.
What I believe is rituals r alright but staying in them throughout life ignoring the higher & spiritual element of religion is the incomplete understanding of religion. There r many stampedes in India especially at such religious gatherings where the administration finds extremely difficult to manage the crowd effectively & more than people r willing to risk their life for the sake of religious reward from the unknown master.
Change is an essential element of time & here is the requirement of merging out culture with modern understanding & development. Both of them together can only be relevant for future generations.
I think many of my European & American friends find it little awkward & interesting but this is the reality of modern india.
Do give ur opinions about the topic & share some of ur rituals which u feel about & the way u connect through them...!