Raksha Bandhan-bonding of brother and sister

The day is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm by siblings. The most exciting part of the day is when the sister ties a rakhi on her brother’s wrist, prays for his goodwill.

Raksha Bandhan-bonding of brother and sister

The festival of Raksha Bandhan is the one that marks the bonding of brother and sister in a unique manner. The relationship shared between brother and sister is unique and is the most important relationship among the two. On this day, sisters tie a holy thread to their brother, and brothers in return promise to protect her from evil and guard her against it.

The festival is celebrated not only among the Hindu families but also among Jain and Sikhs, to devote their regards to the holy bond of a brother and a sister. The name of the festival is made up of two words, Raksha means protection and Bandhan which means a bond, signifying the bond of protection, against every evil. 

This year the festival of Raksha Bandhan is going to be there on the 22nd of August, 2021.

History and Significance of Rakhsha Bandhan

Every festival be it Diwali, Holi, or Bhai Dooj has a background story from where the festival originated. There are various stories that signify the origin of the festival.

One famous story states the brother-sister bond of Goddess Laxmi and Demon Bali. After winning three worlds, demon Bali asked Lord Vishnu to stay beside him and to be with him at his place. In order to free her husband and get him back. Goddess made demon Bali her brother by binding a holy thread around his arms. When promised help or any favor if needed, the goddess asked him to free her husband, Lord Vishnu, to ensure that the promise prevails Bali returned him and the bond was maintained.

Another story that talks about the bond of husband and wife on this day, it is said that when the long battle was going on between the lords and the demons, Sachi, the wife of Lord Indra took a  holy bracelet from Lord Vishnu, and tied it around Lord Indra’s wrist to ensure that he is doing alright and pray for his well being. The festival is though restricted to the bond of brother and sister today, but in ancient times it was not limited to brother and sister only. 

Do you know? How the goddess Santoshi Mata took birth? The two sons of Lord Ganesha, Shubh, and Labh were sad and expressed to their father their grief of not having a sister. In order to fulfill their wish of a sister lord, Ganesha created Santoshi Mata with the divine and religious flames.

Mahabharata and its stories are preached among the kids and everyone knows how Draupadi was dear to lord Krishna, they shared a holy bond of a brother and a sister. In order to ensure the good health and wellbeing of her brother Krishna. She bound him with a thread around his wrist before the war began.

The stories are many, the only thing that we find common in them is the promising bond shared among the two and the promises to make it last forever.

Raksha Bandhan Celebrations

The festival of rakhi is a grand one and women are crazy about it. Especially among the married women, it has been noticed that they are super excited about the festival, as they get a chance to visit their loved ones on the occasion and to pay them their respects. The celebrations and related shopping start before  a week, the markets are decorated with decorative holy threads that the sisters buy for their brothers. The market area holds a different and alive vibe when people visit them.

Many sisters who live far away from their brothers send them Rakhi Threads via mail or post. 

ON the day of rakhi both brother and sister wear new dresses after cleaning up and pray to the almighty. 

Not in all families, but in many jawans are done or puja to ensure the peace and productivity of family and flourishing of the bond among the children. Rakhi Threads are bond at a muhurat time, mostly it is after 11 am, though the timing of muhurat depends on the day and the priest. 

When the time arrives, sisters decorate their plate with roli (the red holy powder), rice,  rakhi, sweets, and earthen lamps. The puja starts with tilak and then is followed by the tieing of threads and promising to keep the bond alive and refreshing and make it even stronger with time. Brothers offer their sister sweets and gifts. 

Not only this, females bind this thread to their sister in laws wishing for their good health and promising them maintenance of a healthy bond.

This festival is also celebrated in schools where teachers organize rakhi-making competitions and drawing competitions for children. Also, on the day before rakhi, a rakhi samelan is organised in schools where girls bind rakhi to their male classmates, in order to promote brotherhood and bonding among them.  

EVen in societies, the elder people organize Rakhi Samelan, where the society ladies bind Rakhi to the male members of the society and promise promoting of the healthy bond among neighbourhood.

The best thing about this festival is that in today’s time when everyone is busy with their lives and doing other things, we usually forget to value the close and the small things around us. We fight and quarrel with our brothers and sisters, and dedicating a day to it is like valuing it all over. 

Also, after marriage mostly the daughters of the family hardly get a chance to visit their family as they get busy with their responsibilities but festival like Raksha Bandhan is about giving them a chance to go and visit their brothers. 

In India, festivals are more about bringing people together. The overall aim of festivals is to bring people and their bonds together and freshen them up. 

This year celebrate this Raksha Bandhan by visiting and wishing your loved ones and create memories. 

May this Raksha BAndhan bring you peace, god health and fortune and strengthen your family and friendship bonds. May it unite your vibes and bless you with good bonds and a good mental health. Happy Rakhsha Bandhan to you and your family!!

 

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