What is Raksha Bandhan?
Raksha bandhan is a day meant to celebrate the relationship between brothers and sisters in India. On this special occasion, sisters ties rakhi (sacred thread) on their brother's wrist. This is a sign which shows that the sister's will pray for their brother's well-being. In return, the brothers promise to protect their sisters. The day is celebrated on the full moon day (also known as shravan poornima) according to the Hindu calendar.
Origin of Raksha Bandhan
Raksha bandhan is also known as 'Rakhi' which means 'a bond of protection'. It is really difficult to trace the origin of rakhi as there are various stories and incidents associated with its history. According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that a Demon King called Bali became a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hence Lord Vishnu left his abode in order to help and protect Bali. Goddess Lakshmi on the other hand wanted to remain with her husband. Hence she took the disguise of a Brahman woman and took refuge in Bali's palace. The king happily agreed and gave her shelter for few days. During the Shravan Purnima celebrations, Goddess Lakshmi unveiled the truth to the king and tied rakhi on his wrist. Touched by this act, Bali promised the Goddess to always aid her during troubled times. Since then the occasion has been celebrated as Raksha Bandhan, and the tradition of tying the rakhi thread got associated with it.
Ways to Celebrate Raksha Bandhan
On this auspicious day, sisters prepare the pooja thali which contains diyas, roli, rakhi thread and sweets. Sisters tie Rakhi on the wrist of their brothers along with a prayer in front of God. She puts roli and rice on his forehead and prays for long lasting happiness and well-being. In return, the brother pledges to take care of their sisters during good and bad times. Brothers also present their sisters with surprise rakhi gifts on this occasion. The presents remind the sister about his promise. People who are unable to meet each other, send rakhi cards and e-rakhis through mails and cherish the occasion.
Also known as: Raksha Bandhan, Rakhi and Rakhi Day.
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