Festival : Raksha Bandhan


History Of Raksha Bandhan : The Raksha Bandhan is an ancient festival of India. It is celebrated from the times of Paandavas and Kauravas. Once Lord Krishna got injured and was bleeding from his wrist. Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas then had torn a strip of silk off her sari and tied it around Krishna's wrist 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 only trusted and depended wholly on Krishna.

In a political game of chess the Pandavas had lost their wife Draupadi to the Kauravas. Krishna repaid the debt of his love by saving her from the Kauravas during Vastra haran of Draupadi. Krishna extended her saree which had no end and by doing this a tradition of protecting sisters came into existence.

Significance of Raksha Bandhan : If there is an existence of pure feelings on this earth it has to be found in this festival. The significance of Raksha Bandhan is very deep if understood to its extent. Raksha Bandhan or the Rakhi signifies the strong bond between brother and sister that can be understood by its rituals and traditions. The festival of Raksha Bandhan means a lot for Hindu Community. Raksha Bandhan means “bond of protection” and it is a tradition that sisters tie Rakhi (sacred thread) on the wrist of their brothers and in return they promise to protect them at any stage of life.

It is considered a day of brother and sister but the whole family gets involved into the celebration of the festival with great enthusiasm and joy. The Rakhi is not merely a thread but it is a thread that is stronger than anything else in the world and the strength of the Rahkhi signifies the strong love and bond between brother and sister. Though throughout the year a brother loves his sister and vice-versa but the emotional touch can be seen on this day.

The Traditions & Rituals : The preparations of this festival gears up even before its advent. The markets wear a festive look with different varieties of colorful Rakhis available. Earlier, girls just used to tie the rakhi to their brothers, but as modernization came into the trend, there have been several add ons to the festival. Nowadays sisters besides buying the rakhis also purchase various gifts for their loving brothers. They wrap them up beautifully and after tying the rakhi present it to their brothers. Its a kind of surprise that brothers recieve from their sisters. They anxiously open the gift to see what's inside. The faces of both brothers and sisters lit up by watching joy on each other's faces. A Rakhi Thali (plate) is prepared on which they put the Rakhi, a diya (earthen lamp), water, roli (red threads), rice, vermilion or turmeric powder and some sweets. At first sisters apply tilak on the brother's forehead and tie the rakhi. After performing the aarti they serve them with various delicious sweets. The brother vows to take care of his sister and be by her side in the time of need. As a part of tradition he gives the sister some money or return gifts as well.



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