Raksha Bandhan is a festival which celebrates the sacred bond of affection between brothers and sisters. It is an occasion to flourish
love, care, affection and sacred feeling of brotherhood. It is a day when the siblings pray for each others' well being and wish for each
others' happiness and goodwill.
The name 'Raksha Bandhan' suggests 'a bond of protection'. On this auspicious day,
brothers make a promise to their sisters to protect them from all harms and troubles and the
sisters pray to God to protect their brother from all evil. The festival falls on the Shravan
Purnima which comes generally in the month of August.
Everyone start preparing for this festival much in advance. About a month
before the commencement of raksha bandhan, you can see fancy and colorful
rakhis in every market. Ladies start shopping for rakhi and rakhi gifts quite
early. They shop for new clothes and beautiful rakhi gifts specially the one that
have to be sent to their brothers staying far. Almost every shop, be it sweet
shops, garment shops, gift shops, or any other shop, all are flooded with
attractive rakhi gifts to attract people.
Sisters tie the silk thread called Rakhi on their brother's wrist amid chanting of
mantras, put roli and rice on his forehead and pray for his well-being.She bestows him
with gifts and blessings. In turn, brothers also wish her a good life and pledges to take
care of her. He gives her a return gift. The gift symbolizes the physical acceptance of
her love, reminder of their togetherness and his pledge.
All brothers and sisters try to reach out to each other on this auspicious day. The joyous meeting, the rare family
get-together, that feeling of brotherhood and sisterhood calls for a massive celebration. For everyone,
it is an opportunity to reunite and celebrate.
Everyone starts preparing for this festival much in advance. About a month before
the commencement of raksha bandhan, you can see fancy and colorful rakhis in
every market. Ladies start shopping for rakhi and rakhi gifts quite early. They shop
for new clothes and beautiful rakhi gifts specially the one that have to be sent to
their brothers staying far. Almost every shop, be it sweet shops, garment shops,
gift shops, or any other shop, all are flooded with attractive rakhi gifts to attract
On the day of Rakhi festival, the festivity of this auspicious day begin by the day
break. After taking bath early morning, people get ready by wearing new clothes
and gather for worshiping. After invoking the the blessings of the Gods, the sister
performs brother’s arti, puts tika and chawal on his forehead and ties Rakhi
amongst chanting of mantras. Sisters whole heartedly give sweets to their brothers
to eat which in turns add more sweetness in the Raksha Bandhan celebration and
pray for their well being. In return, brothers pamper their sisters and present
beautiful gifts to lure them. They also promise to take care of her and stand by her
side in any circumstances.
The Friendly Knot
It is not necessary that the rakhi be given only to a blood
brother; any male can be "adopted" as a brother by tying a
rakhi on the person. It won’t be wrong to say the fashionable
friendship band in vogue today is an extension of the Rakhi
When a girl feels a friend of the opposite sex has developed a
kind of love too strong for her to reciprocate, she sends the
guy a Rakhi and turns the relationship into a sisterly one. This
is one way of saying, "let’s just be friends", without hurting the
other person's soft feelings for her.
My personal favourite example of an exemplary bond of
brotherly love is the incident from the epic Mahabharat that
concerns Sri Krishna and Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas.
She had torn a strip of silk off her sari and tied it around
Krishna's index finger to stop the flow of blood.
Krishna was so touched by her action that He found himself
bound to her by love. He promised to repay the debt and then
spent the next 25 years doing just that. Draupadi in spite of
being married to 5 great warriors and being a daughter of a
powerful monarch trusted and depended wholly on Krishna.
Krishna repaid the debt of love during "Vastra-Haran"(literally
"clothing-theft") of Draupadi.
Draupadi's "Vastra-Haran" was done in the assembly of King
Dhritarashtra, when Yudhishthir, her husband lost her in
gamble. At that time Krishna indefinitely extended her saree,
so it could not be removed, to save her pride. This is how He
paid his debt towards rakhi tied to Him by Draupadi.
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