Aug 2, 2012

Joy of Raksha Bandhan

Today is the day of Rakhi Festival (2 Aug 2012), so here I’m wish to all my friends and viewers….

Holi is colourful,
Diwali is lightful & brightful,
But Rakhi has made our relationship powerful….

The Meaning of Raksha Bandhan
Relationships are the essence of any festivity and it holds true for any Indian festival. Each occasion brings the family together which calls for a celebration. Raksha Bandhan is a celebration of one such relation - that of a brother and a sister. This relationship is nowhere as celebrated as in India. Raksha Bandhan is a festival which celebrates the bond of affection between brothers and sisters. It is a day when siblings pray for each other’s' wellbeing and wish for each other’s' happiness and goodwill.
The name 'Raksha Bandhan' suggests 'a bond of protection'. On this auspicious day, brothers make a promise to their sisters to protect them from all harms and troubles and the sisters pray to God to protect their brother from all evil. The festival falls on the Shravan Purnima which comes generally in the month of August. Sisters tie the silk thread called Rakhi on their brother's wrist and pray for their well-being and brothers promise to take care of their sisters.

Legends of Raksha Bhandan
The Shravana or the monsoon month carries all hues and shades of nature and emotions. Religiously speaking Shravan is a pious month and full moon of this all-important month is considered to be a very holy day. It is celebrated in different ways for different reasons almost throughout the country. For the siblings it is the eternal tie of love, for Brahmins the day to take the pledge of Brahmanik rites and for those who depend on sea and monsoon, it is the beginning of the new season.
Yama and the Yamuna
It’s said that the Raksha Bandhan was a ritual followed by Lord Yama (the Lord of Death) and his sister Yamuna. Yamuna tied rakhi to Yama and bestowed immortality. Yama was so moved by the serenity of the occasion that he declared that whoever gets a rakhi tied from his sister and promised her protection will become immortal.
In the Epics 
Raksha Bandhan finds a mention in Mahabharata when Lord Krishna advised Yudhishthir to perform theceremony to protect himself and the army from the dangers of the war. It is said that Kunti, the mother of the Pandavas tied rakhi to her grandson Abhimanyu and Draupadi to lord Krishna.

Regional Celebrations
Rakhi which is an important festival in India is observed differently in various parts of the country. Though it is a festival celebrated largely in North and Western India, it holds special significance in other parts of the country as well.
Nariyal Purnima: Coconut Day festival or Narali Purnima is celebrated each year with loads of fun by the people of Maharashtra namely the fishermen on the full moon day in the month of Shravan. Thefestival coincides with Rakhi Purnima and is celebrated mostly by the fishermen.
Kajari Purnima: Kajari Purnima is celebrated on the same day as Rakhi mostly by the people of Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and parts of Uttar Pradesh. The rituals of this day are performed by women who are blessed with a son.
Avani Avittam / Upakarmam: Oakhi Purnima is known as Avani Avittam in southern parts of India i.e. in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu and even in parts of Orissa. It is an important day for the Brahmins as they change their holy threads on this day. Brahmins take a holy dip and wear the holy thread called Yajnopavit or Janeyu. The first step is the 'prayashchita', which is performed as an atonement of all the sins. Mantras are read out at both times when the thread is worn and when it is taken out to be replaced with a new one.
Pavitropana: This is mostly celebrated by the people of Gujarat who are devotees of Lord Shiva. On this day water is offered to the Lord and people pray and ask for forgiveness.

Rakhi Thali Decoration
Traditionally the Rakhi thali is the same as the thali for the pooja of the deities. The Rakhi Thali contains a diya, roli or tika, rice, sandalwood, incense sticks. In the Raksha bandhan thali, the rakhis are kept along with the moli.
Method of performing the Puja
Sister applies tilak to the brother’s forehead and then place some rice or akshat on his forehead. She ties rakhi on the right wrist of the brother. A coconut is given to the brother and the sister gives some sweet to him. According to his wish, the brother gives a gift or cash to her sister. Then sister applies tilak to bhabhi. On the bangles of the left hand, sister ties the Lumba, and then gives to gola and sweets to her. The Bhabhi gives some gifts or cash to the sister. Then the sister applies tilak to the nephews and nieces and ties to kid’s funky rakhi’s, gives Sweets or chocolates and some gifts are given to kids.
Soan (Shagun) Maandana/ Wall religious sticker
Soan Maandana denotes making auspicious symbols. Making auspicious symbols outside the door on the day of Raksha Bandhan brings well-being. The day of Rakhi, we smear chuna on the both side and make Soan (shagun) with red clay (geru). These designs could be either a swastik, Ram Ram, Radhe Krishna or any religious sign. On the day of Purnima, sprinkle this with water, roli and chawal and we stick a piece of moli thread with little laddu or food which we prepared on the same day. These days we made Soan handmade as a sticker.

For more detail On Soan sample

Video's On Rakhi Fest



  1. Such a detail and lovely post. Happy Raksha Bandhan.

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  3. I love this Raksha Bandhan Pic Video, Thanks so much for this collection.

  4. There is so many festival in india but Rakhi festival have own value. i many time heard Rakhi to India
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