Raksha Bandhan

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Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan

“Raksha” is a Hindi word which means to protect and “badhan” mean knot.

“Raksh bandhan” actually signifies to the knot which protects the well being of the person. i.e. tie of protection.

The festival is celebration of love and bonding of brother sister relation.

The festival is celebrated on every Shravan Maas purnima (full moon day), according to Hindi calendar.

Celebration & Ritual

For this occasion, women shop for the pious knot (rakhi) weeks ago. On the occasion, they are called by their brothers to tie the knot. On the day of celebration, in the morning, they wear beautiful dresses and go to their brother’s houses with Arti tray, tray full of sweets / food and gifts and the pious knot.

They first do the tilak, then do the arti (where the tray lighted with lamp is rotated around brother’s face for 7 times – it is done to keep him away from all evils and to protect him) and then they wish for his long prosperous life and feed him with sweets. The brothers too pledge to protect their sisters and love their sisters throughout their lives. Then finally gifts are exchanged.

Scriptures Tell tales

  1. According to Bhavishya Purana, when there was a great battle between indra (god of rain ) and Bali (demon king). When Indra was loosing the battle, her wife Sachi went to Lord Vishnu, and asked for help. Vishnu gave her a pious bracelet and asked her to tie to Indra’s wrist. When sachi prayed and tied to Indra, Indra won the battle finally. That is why this occasion is not just marked as significance for brotherly sisterly relations, but for all relations.
  2. According to Bhagavat Purana, when once Vishnu won all the three worlds from Bali, King Bali asked Vishnu to reside with him, to which God Vishnu agreed. But her wife Lakshmi wanted to go back to her home – “Vaikuntha”. So she went to Bali and tied a pious knot, after which Bali asked her what she wanted as a gift. She asked that she want to return to her home along with Vishnu, for which bali agreed and thus strengthening the bond of rakhi.
  3. Ganesh had two sons, shubh and labh. Once on the occasion of Rakhi, when Ganesh sister came to tie the knot on his wrist, these sons desired for a sister too. At this Ganesh granted their request by creating a daughter by his and his wives flames, and called him Santoshi Ma ( “ goddess of Satisfaction”). There after Shubh Labh had a sister who protected and loved both of them.
  4. According to Mahabharat, Draupadi tied the pious knot to Krishna and Krishna protected Draupadi from all trouble faced by her.

 Historical Citations

  1. According to known theories, when Alexander The Great invaded India, her wife Roxana send a pious thread to King Puru and asked him not to harm her husband. In accordance with the pious thread tradition, King Puru never attacked Alexander personally.
  2. According to the most known theories, when Bahadur Shah invaded Chittor, Rani karnavati sent the pious rakhi to Humayun asking for his help. To keep the pious thread tradition alive, Humayun arrived. But by that time Chittor was sacked by Bahadur Shah and Rani Karnavati had performed Johar. Still to keep the promise, Humayun invaded chittor and freed it from Bahadur Shah and gave it back to Rani Karnavati’s son.

 

 

 

 

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