Rakshabandhan, the bond of protection and obligation...

Rakshabandhan or 'Rakhi' is a festival considered sacred among Hindus. Celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Shravan, this festival is also known as 'Shravan' in North India. Its uniqueness is that it highlights the sanctity of brotherly love. When girls tie rakhi to their brothers for longevity success, it instills in them a great sense of security.

This is an event that shows the glory of salvation. On the day of Rakshabandhan, girls approaches her brother with a plate full of sweets, Rakhi and a lamp and praying for longevity and well-being of her brother. She also wears a beautiful rakhi adorned with colored threads on his hands.  Then brother vows to protect and care for her for the rest of his life. He gives his sister money or clothes as a gift.

Among women and men who are not blood relatives, there is also a transformed tradition of voluntary kinrelations, achieved through the tying of rakhi amulets, which have cut across caste and class lines, and Hindu and Muslim divisions. In some communities or contexts, other figures, such as a matriarch, or a person in authority, can be included in the ceremony in ritual acknowledgement of their benefaction.

Rakshabandhan is more popular among Hindus in northern India. During thetcelebration of Raksha Bandhan, the shops are filled with beautiful multicolored rakhis. If it was a string that was worshiped in the past, the shape of Rakhi has changed over time. Today there are many types of Rakhis available in the shops, including eco-friendly Rakhi.

Rabindranath Tagore used to observe Raksha Bandhan at the Shanti Niketan to foster love and brotherhood among all religions. Although it is  generally a North Indian festival, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated all over India today. Raksha Bandhan is being celebrated across the country on August 3 this year. Although it is a celebration that has been going on for ages, its contemporary relevance is important.


There are many stories associated with Rakshabandhan. One among them is associated with Indra. On the full moon day of Shravan, there was a war between the gods and the demons. When the gods began to fail, Indra's wife 'Sachi' tied Rakhi to Indra's hand to save him.  By the power of Raksha Sutra, Indra gained the power to defeat the enemies. Many people believes that Rakshabandhan' starts from the day he came back with victory.

There are many legends associated with the lord Krishna and Draupadi, Yaman and his sister Yamunadi, the king of Bali and Goddess Lakshmi.  Rajput women put sindhurs in the foreheads of their warriors before leaving for battle and also rakshabandhan would be bound in the right hand. The belief is that the recipient has an obligation to protect anyone who binds Rakhi.

Later, the ritual of tying rakhi on the hands of sister and brother became popular. Rakhi yarns are believed to have miraculous powers. There have been many historical events related to this.

There have been many historical events related to this. Before the historic battle between Sikander and Puru, Sikander's girlfriend approached Puru, tied Rakhi in his arms and made him his brother, and took an oath that he would not kill Sikander in battle. Puru kept his word. This is an event that shows the glory of salvation.



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