August 18, 2016
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‘Raksha Bandhan’ or ‘Rakhi’ is a Hindu occasion to celebrate the unconditional bond of love between a brother and a sister. It is basically a Hindu festival but nowadays people from different faiths celebrate it too. ‘Raksha’ signifies protection and ‘Bandhan’ signifies binding.
The prosperous Indian mythology provides many religious reasons to celebrate the day. On this day Deity Lakshmi tied a rakhi on the wrist of King Bali from hell to make him her brother and liberated Lord Narayan i.e. Vishnu. As per Hindu lunar calendar, that day was ‘Shravan Purnima’. Bhavishya Puran states that Raksha Bandhan was basically meant for lords. Another custom of tying rakhis began from the historical ages.
When Is It Celebrated?
According to the Hindu Calender Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is celebrated on a full moon day called Rakhi Purnima in the month of Shravan (August). It’s the day when brothers and sisters reaffirm their affectionate bond. On this day frequencies of God Ganesha and deity, Saraswati reaches the earth in greater quantities and both the siblings benefit from the custom to a greater extent. It is basically a Hindu festival but nowadays people from various faiths celebrate it too. Raksha Bandhan is known by various names in various regions: Vish Tarak – the destroyer of venom, Pap Nashak – the destroyer of sins, and Punya Pradayak – the bestower of boons.
How It Is Celebrated?
The festival is celebrated in various forms in various regions and is also known by various names. As per traditions, on this day the sister readies the Puja Thali with a Diya, Rice, Roli, and Rakhis. She worships the Gods, ties a sacred thread rightly called the Rakhi on the wrist of their brothers, put roli and rice on his forehead and prays for his well-being. She confers him with gifts and blessings. The brother in return also wishes her a good life and promise to protect their sisters and offer them return gifts. The gift symbolizes the physical acceptance of her love, reminder of their togetherness and his promise. Traditionally, they then share and eat sweets like Kaju Katli, Jalebi, and Burfi. This festival strengthens the bond of love between the sisters and brothers.
Both the sister and brother benefit from the frequencies in a rakhi. But, Along with a prayer of the sister for the welfare of the brother and the brother for the protection of the sister, both should also pray for strength and protect the nation and Dharma.