The bond of love and duty between a brother and sister is celebrated in India and by Indians around the world as Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi Purnima. Raksha Bandhan is being celebrated on Saturday, 22nd August 2021. On this auspicious day, sisters tie an amulet or Rakhi sutra on the wrists of their brothers for long life, protection, prosperity, and happiness. In return, brothers promise to protect their sisters all their life.
The bond between a brother and sister is pure and strong and the Raksha Bandhan festival is celebrated with a lot of fervor.
History of Raksha Bandhan:
In Sanskrit, the words Raksha Bandhan mean “the bond of protection, obligation, and care”. According to the Hindu Calendar, it is celebrated on the last day of Shravana in August.
In Bhavishya Purana, Lord Krishna had described to Yudhishthira the ritual of having a Raksha or protection tied to his right wrist by the royal priest. This ritual had to be performed on the Purnima or full moon day of the Hindu lunar calendar month of Shravana. This must be followed by prayers offered to Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras to conclude the Rakha Bandhan ceremony.
It is also believed that Draupadi had also torn a piece from her sari to Lord Krishna to stop bleeding on the battlefield. At that moment Lord Krishna declared Draupadi as his sister. He protected her when the Kaurava’s lost Draupadi in a game against Pandavas.
This ceremony was later adopted by common people, especially villages where girls were married outside their village. After marriage girls were not allowed to meet their parents or brothers. However, according to this tradition, a married woman is allowed to visit her parent’s home and tie rakhi.
Importance of Raksha Bandhan:
In India, this festival is even more significant for married women, as they are allowed to travel to their parent’s home where their brothers typically live or to their brother’s home to tie the Rakhi. Rakhi is not just tied to own brothers or cousins, also a voluntary relationship of a brother and sister.
Another Story Behind Celebrating this Festival
Rakhi was even more popularized during the Mughal period during the struggle between Rajputs and Mughals. Chittoor’s widowed empress Karnavati, sent a rakhi to Emperor Humayun for protection from an imminent attack on her kingdom from Bahadur Shah of Gujrat. Humayun immediately sent his army to protect her sister.
It does not matter which stories from the past you believe, but this festival is important for all sisters and brothers across India. Rakhi is a very important day for Indians, even for non-Hindus, as this festival is celebrated by other religions too.
How to celebrate Raksha Bandhan in 2021?
You can celebrate Raksha Bandhan in many ways. Some of the ways are:
- You can celebrate it in a very traditional way, by reciting a mantra or prayer while tying the Rakhi. Put Kumkum and blessed rice on your brother’s forehead for his protection.
- Visit your brother and give him a gift which he really wanted very much.
- You can even visit an orphanage with your brother and distribute food or clothes.
- Make your own beautiful rakhi for your brother and tie it.
- If you live far away or in another city, you can send a rakhi for your brother by post.
- There are so many online shopping websites that have many options for this day.
- You can buy beautiful and unique rakhis in your local market or online.
We at Alpha InfoLab value our culture and celebrate Rakha Bandhan with a lot of excitement.
We wish everyone a very happy Raksha Bandhan 2021.