New Delhi, Aug 26: The Festival of Love and bond of brother and sister ‘Raksha Bandhan’ is being celebrated across the country today.
In Northern India, this festival is dedicated to the unbreakable love of brother and sister, and the prevalence of this festival has described as centuries old.
On Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother’s wrist. This symbolizes the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s lifelong vow to protect her.
The festival falls on the full moon day (Shravan Poornima) of the Shravan month of the Hindu lunisolar Nepali calendar.
Raksha Bandhan as a religious festival focuses on performing the aarti and saying prayers prior to tying the rakhi. The prayers draw inspiration from the Hindu scriptures. The other religious feature is the application of the tilak on the forehead of the person wearing the rakhi.
Raksha Bandhan in Sanskrit literally means “the tie or knot of protection”.The word Raksha means protection, whilst Bandhan is the verb to tie. It is an ancient Hindu festival that ritually celebrates the love and duty between brothers and their sisters. The sister performs a Rakhi ceremony, then prays to express her love and her wish for the well being of her brother; in return, the brother ritually pledges to protect and take care of his sister under all circumstances.
Different kind of sweets and unique handicrafts can give the occasion of Rakhi a more personal touch.A combination of bal mithai from Uttarakhand and a handcrafted pair of leather juttis with tilla embroidery can make your gifts more unique.
What is the History of Raksha Bandhan?
The history of Raksha Bandhan is connected to Lord Krishna and Draupadi. When Lord Krishna killed King Sishupala, the blood was flowing with the figure of left hand of Krishna, Draupadi was very unhappy when he saw it and shared the piece of her sari and tied it in the figure of Krishna. It is believed that since then Krishna has considered Draupadi his sister. Draupadi was considered to be a sister because Lord Krishna protected her sister when someone did not accompany her. When Pandava was defeated in gambling and was being ransacked Draupadi in crowded assembly, Krishna saved Draupadi`s shame.
Raksha Bandhan 2018
Date- 26th August
Raksha Bandhan Thread Ceremony Time – 05:59 to 17:25