Happy Raksha Bandhan!!
We wish all our readers and aspirants, a very happy Raksha Bandhan. Raksha Bandhan in Sanskrit means “the tie or knot of protection”. The word Raksha signifies protection while Bandhan intends to tie. The festival of Raksha Bandhan is observed in the month of Sravana according to the Hindu calendar and typically falls in August every year. This is an occasion that signifies admiration, responsibility, love and sacred feeling of fraternity. It is a classical Hindu festival that denotes the love and trust between brothers and their sisters. Popularly this festival is denoted by the tying of a Rakhi or a holy thread by the sister on the wrist of her brother.
The ritual of Raksha Bandhan begins with a prayer in front of God. On this day, sisters tie Rakhi on the wrist of their brothers, put roli and rice on his forehead and pray for his well-being. In return, the brother also wishes her a good life ahead and accepts the love with a commitment to stand by his sister through all the good and bad times. The brother vows to look after his sister throughout life. Exchange of gifts takes place that signifies the physical acceptance of the love, the bond, remembrance of their togetherness and his promise.
Originally, this festival is mainly celebrated in the north and western region of India but now the world has also started celebrating this festival with the same feelings of love and brotherhood. People prepare delicious meals, eat amazing sweets and exchange presents. And those who cannot manage to meet each other in today’s times, send rakhi cards and e-rakhis through the internet, and even perform the rituals on video calls.
All thanks to advanced technology!! Sisters tend to prepare handmade rakhis for their brothers as a symbol of personal feelings and affection for their brothers. The joyful gathering, the rare family get-together, the feeling of brotherhood and sisterhood calls for a huge celebration.
Rakshabandhan has many historic stories linked to it. The multicultural aspects of this festival can be learned from history dating back thousands of years. Mughal King, Humayun, showed his deference towards the significance of Rakhi. He didn’t take actions against the attack of Shershah Suri and went away to save and help the widow Rajput queen of Chittaur, Karnavati, who had sent a rakhi to Humayun.