Raksha Bandhan | Rakhi 2018
Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that is celebrating from thousand of years. The word “Raksha” signifies protection and “Bandhan” for bonding.
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) Date in 2018
In North India, the celebration is known as “Rakhi” which is the tying of an amulet. There are many history related to the occasion. Hindus celebrate the festival with full of joy. The Indian government gives a day-off on this auspicious occasion.
Why We Celebrate the Raksha Bandhan?
The celebration has a meaning. It is celebrated between brothers and sisters where sisters tie a thread called “Rakhi” on the right wrist of their brothers. They tie the knot to protect their brothers from evil eyes. Sisters wish happiness and prosperity for their brothers.
“Rakhi” symbolizes the sister’s love towards their brothers. On this occasion, the brother gives her a gift or money with a promise to protect her. The festival is celebrated not only in India but also in Mauritius and Nepal. It is also celebrated in many parts of Pakistan where the Sikh community resides. In the Jain culture, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated as a religious festival where Jain priests distribute threads to devotees.
Myths & Legends of Raksha Bandhan
There are lots of tales associated with Rakhi.
Lord Ganesh has 2 sons- Subh and Labh. The two boys wanted to have a sister to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with. Saint Narada persuaded Ganesha for a daughter. He agreed and created a daughter who is known as Santoshi Mata with whom Subh and Labh celebrated Rakhi.
According to Purana, in the war of Gods and Demons, Indra-the deity was disgraced by Bali-the demon. Indra’s wife pleaded God Vishnu and the Lord gave her a bracelet made of cotton thread to tie on Indra’s wrist for his success.
Rani Karnavati and Emperor Humayun
This is one of the most famous legends related to Rakhi. When Rani Karnavati of Chittor realised that she could not manage to defend by Bahadur Shah, the king of Gujarat, she sent Rakhi to the Mughal Emperor Humayun.
Rituals & Preparation of Raksha Bandhan
Women shop for Rakhi for all their brothers. They tie the thread to their biological brothers as well as other siblings. A Rakhi may be simple or vibrant. The choice is depended on girls. Colourful Rakhi threads are on trend these days.
The ritual is simple. On the morning of Raksha Bandhan, the brothers and the sisters make a beautiful company. Both of them are well dressed. A special tray is created by the girl that has Ladoo or sweets, Rakhi, Kumkum and akchat. There is also an aarti diya. In the ceremony, the girl first puts Kumkum with akchat on the forehead of her brother and then ties the Rakhi. She lighten the diya and rotates the lamp around the brother’s face which is called aarti. She treats him with a sweet. In return, the brother gives her money or a gift.
This is really a rich Hindu festival that shows bonding between the brothers and the sisters.