Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
The famous proverb "Cleanliness is next to Godliness" expresses a lot to us. It indicates that cleanliness is the essential part of the healthy life. As we all know that the habit of cleanliness is in our tradition and culture. Our grandparents teach us properly to be clean always and promote us to do worship and eat meal after taking morning bath. They teach us to eat food only after doing proper hand wash and touch holy books and other holy things with clean hands. Even in some houses there are restrictions of entering to the temple and kitchen without taking bath. Priests tell us to take bath, wash hands and wear clean clothes before appear to the God or involve in the puja. There was a strict tradition of hand washing before meals in the Jewish elders.
There is a close connection between personal cleanliness and moral health of the person. personal cleanliness is considered as the symbol of purity of body and soul which is necessary to get healthy and spiritual connection. People who do not take daily bath or wear dirty clothes are generally lose their feeling confidence, self- respect and well being. So we can say that personal cleanliness safeguards us against dishonesty. All the advantages of the cleanliness proves the question that why religious people and religion founders have made cleanliness ritual necessary during spiritual occasions. Regular and proper cleanliness helps us to prevent from germs remaining long on the body and maintain our godliness.