Friday, 17 July 2015

About Rakhi ( Raksha Bandhan Festival )

Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival to celebrate love, bond, care, affection of brother and sister in India, but today this festival is celebrated by all Indians all across the globe. The word Raksha signifies Protection where Bandhan says enduring bond of love and affection. All the sisters (Shreya) ties a holy / sacred thread on her brother’s (Shaurya) wrist and pray for his well being where the brother vows to protect her sister from all evil. Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan is also known as Rakhi Poornima in many parts of India. as everyone knows India is country of rich and different cultures, different languages and different festivals; Rakhi is one of the most enthusiastic Hindu festival which is celebrated by Jains, Sikhs and Guajarati as well.

Basically this festival Rakhi occurs in Hindu month Shravan according to Hindu calendar on full moon day or on Shravan Poornima. In the morning women pray to deities and offers them sweets and wish for their brother’s well beings and success. After that they decorate Rakhi Pooja Thali and perform Rakhi Pooja with Diya, Roli, Akshaj, Sweets, Rakhi, and Mauli. All sisters tie Rakhi on her brother’s wrist and sweeten his mouth where brother gives them a return gift as a token of love and affection. The sacred thread Rakhi comes in various styles, designs and patterns like Ribbon Rakhi, Mauli Rakhi, Pearl Rakhi, Diamond Rakhi, Fancy Rakhi, Beads Rakhi, Designer Rakhi, Bracelet Rakhi, Lumba Rakhi,  Zardosi Rakhi, Toys  Cartoon & Musical Rakhi, Bhaiya-Bhabhi Rakhi and many more other Rakhi varieties which are available on our Online Rakhi Store.

Historical Significance

Rakhi or Rakshabandhan has its own historical significance. History of India says that many Rajputana queens used to send Rakhi the Raksha-Sutra to their brothers as the token of love and brotherhood. One tale of such queen Karnavati tells that the queen sent a Rakhi to neighbours emperor Humayu to seek help and indeed the Emperor Humayu sent off his troop to help Queen karnavati. Since then this festival is known to celebrate the bond of faith, trust, love and devotion of brother and sisters which is above all the blood relations.

On this day a sister prays for her brothers well being and ties Raksha-Sutra Rakhi on his wrist and brother takes the oath to protect her and help her from all thick and thin all his life.

Traditional Significance

Raksha Bandhan the festival of joy, zest and enthusiasm is celebrated to honour the eternal love and bond of brother and sister. As this festival is celebrated by a simple ceremony where the sister ties Rakhi on her brother’s wrist and brother vows to protect his sister; but not just it, Rakhi has a great importance than that. When the sister ties Rakhi on her brother’s wrist she pray to god for his success, well being and prosperity on the other hand when brother put his hand forward he in fact extend his hand to protect her from all evil all his life.

Another important ritual of this festival is Aarti. It is perform by all the sisters who draw the blessings of god for her brother following by Mantra in Sanskrit which conveys the worth of Raksha Bandhan.

Mythical Significance

According to mythology the god of death Yama had not visited her sister Yamuna for a very long time which made Yamuna miserable. Knowing his sister misery Yama came and visited her Sister Yamuna and made her immortal. Yama declared that whoever gets this raksha-sutra tied on his wrist and promises to protect his sister will get immortal.

Another mythology tale tells the story of Lord Krishna and his sister Draupadi. When Krishna cut his finger in a battlefield Draupadi tore off her sari and bandaged her finger with it. On that day Krishna declared Draupadi his sister and vowed to protect her.

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