An elaborate guide about Raksha Bandhan festival

Raksha Bandhan is the festival that depicts the special bonding between a brother and a sister. This festival ensures that the relationship becomes stronger as they come together to express their love for one another and also pray for their well-being. This festival is known to spread the message of love and care.

Significance of Raksha Bandhan

On this day, sisters visit their brother’s house to tie Rakhi and to pray for their well-being and, in-turn, brothers pledges to keep her safe from all the evils.

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Rakhi tied to brother on Raksha Bandhan

Legends of Raksha Bandhan

1. Krishna and Draupadi

In Mahabharata, Lord Krishna has hurt his finger when the “Sudarshan Chakra,” cut his finger in the process of killing “Shishupala”. Immediately, Draupadi bandaged Krishna’s finger with a piece of cloth that she tore from her saree. Moved by her affection, Lord Krishna promised to protect her from all dangers.

2. Yama and Yamuna

This story states that Yamuna, who was the sister of Yama, tied a sacred thread on the wrist of her brother to protect him from the curse of his stepmother, “Chaya.” This sacred thread tied by Yamuna protected Yama from the death curse that her step-mother had given him.

3. Santoshimaa and Lord Ganesha

This legend is considered to be the main reason behind the Rakshabandan celebrations. Lord Ganesha had two sons. They wanted a sister who would tie rakhi to them. So, they requested their father that they have a sister. It was then Lord Ganesha created Santoshimaa, and she tied rakhi to her brothers. Since then, Rakshabandan came into existence.

When is Raksha Bandhan celebrated?

Celebrated on the full moon day of the Shravan (August) month. So, the festival also named as “Rakhi Purnima.”

How is Raksha Bandhan celebrated?

Sisters usually start their Rakhi shopping a few weeks before the festival. They go in search of the perfect Rakhi from one place to another. Also, they buy things like pooja thali, Roli chawal, coconut, and sweets, which the rituals require. On the other hand, brothers go that extra mile to buy some special and perfect gift for their loving sisters. During the day of Raksha Bandhan, people wake up early and take a bath, decorate their house with flowers, and later conduct aarti and pooja to God. Notably, Special Rakshabandan songs played during this festival.

After this, the sisters apply a tilak of Roli chawal on their brother’s forehead and then tie the colorful Rakhi on his wrist and feed him with his favorite sweet. The tied Rakhi is considered much stronger than an iron chain, and this symbolizes the unbreakable bond of trust and love. Brothers give their sisters a special gift, and both of them have lunch together.   

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Types of Rakhi

You can find a variety of Rakhis in offline and online stores. Undoubtedly, each one has a unique look and a different meaning to it. The kinds of Rakhis include:

1. Zardosi Rakhi: These Rakhis have Zardosi work made on it. Therefore, they are made with decorative stones, silver wires, satin velvet, etc.

2. Spiritual Rakhi: Made in the shape of Gods or can have a religious symbol on it. Om Rakhi, Rudraksha Rakhi, and Ganesha Rakhis are a few examples.

3. Kid’s Rakhi: Usually designed with some famous cartoon characters like Doraemon, Ben 10, Chota Bheem, etc. This kind of Rakhis will make the kids happy and are ideal for the little brothers.

4. Hand-crafted Rakhi: Hand-made by the sisters for their brothers. Different types of color papers, gemstones, mirrors, and ribbons, used to make this Rakhi.

Bottom Line

To conclude, the Raksha Bandhan festival denotes the love, care, affection, and bond between a brother and a sister. This festival promotes peace and happiness between people and enhances the need for brotherhood. In addition, celebrate the festival this year with some Rakshabandan songs.