With the most awaited Raksha Bandhan just around the corner, brothers and sisters are all curiously set to celebrate the special bonding between them with great enthusiasm. Though the festival is celebrated by every year people across India, the Indians who live abroad as well celebrate this day with great passion.
Raksha Bandhan, or simply Rakhi, is the only Indian festival that celebrates the special bonding between brothers and sisters. This year Rakhi Purnima is going to be observed on August 7. And, sisters are desperately gearing up to tie up the thread of love and commitment on their brother’s wrists.
But, the new thing these days that makes this day even more special is social media. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, wonderful pictures and quotes are flooding the internet showing how eagerly sisters wait for this day. This is the only festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters who may or may not have blood relation.
Rakhi- In return of a token of love
Much ahead of Raksha Bandhan, sisters spend hours in the market finding the best Rakhis (sacred thread) for their loving brothers. And, when the day arrives, they come up in their best attire to tie the thread of love on their brother’s hand. They also pray for their prosperity and happiness. Whereas the brothers give some priceless gifts as a token of love to their sisters in return and also pledge to protect them from every trouble in life. You may think getting valuable gifts is one of the reasons for it. Haha!
Well, jokes apart. This heart-warming day has an age old story behind it which reveals the actual reason behind connecting the heartstrings of people on this day. It’s not just about the gifts that sisters get from their brothers this day. Rather it’s the emotions, relationship values and feelings that keep the wonderful relation between brothers and sisters intact, no matter how old they grow.
Significance of this day!
The literal meaning of Raksha Bandhan (Sanskrit word) is ‘knot of protection’. This festival is celebrated by the Hindus in the month of ‘Shravana’ as per Hindu calendar. According to ancient mythology and the Hindu Puranas, Rakhi was tied in the form of an amulet to protect men going on wars. It was not restricted to brothers and sisters only.
According to Bhagavata Purana and Vishnu Purana, Goddess Laxmi tied a rakhi to the demon king Bali so that he considers her sister and frees her husband Vishnu as a token of gift to her. Also, Draupadi tied rakhi to Lord Krishna. Several similar stories are linked to this festival. The basis of all these stories is to show the love, good wishes and commitment one has towards others.