Raksha Bandhan Festival



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Raksha Bandhan, also Rakhi, is a popular, traditionally Hindu, annual rite, or ceremony, which is central to a festival of the same name, celebrated in Hindustan (India), Hindu country and other parts of the Indian subcontinent, and among people around the world influenced by Hindu culture. Raksha Bandhan celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters, and families, on the full moon of the Hindu month of Shravana (Shravan Poornima), or around July and August. This day is also Known as Brother and Sister Day.

The word “ Raksha” means protection and “ Bandhan” means to tie and the holy thread which offers by the sisters is a symbol of love and commitment between brother and sister.

History of Raksha Bandhan ?

One of the most popular stories of Raksha Bandhan in India is linked to the Mughal period when there was a struggle between Rajputs and the Mughals. Folklore has it that when the widowed Empress of Chittor, Karnavati, saw crisis in her state, she sent a Rakhi to Mughal emperor Humayun and sought help to protect her state against the attack of Bahadur Shah of Gujarat. According due respect to the thread that Karnavati had sent, Humayun immediately sent his army to Chittor to protect her.

It is believed that Draupadi once tore a strip of her sari and tied it on Krishna’s wrist, that stopped Krishna’s bleeding from a battlefield wound. Krishna then declared her as his sister. In return, Lord Krishna protected Draupadi, when she was abused by the Kauravas in front of Pandavas, who had lost her in a gambling bet.

Whatever be the stories or myths associated with the festival, it is celebrated with full fervour with a dash of modern trends. The importance of Rakhi is not limited to common people and their families, even politicians consider this festival as an important tradition. Every year thousands of Rakhis are sent to President, Prime Minister and prominent personalities across the country.

“In every phase of my life, you have always supported and loved me. This Raksha Bandhan, I promise to do the same for you and will always stand by your side no matter what. Happy Raksha Bandhan!”

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