HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE OF RAKSHA BANDHAN
Rakhi – a festive opportunity to express your love to everyone!
1. When is rakhi 2011? This year Rakhi is celebrated on August 13th, throughout the India, almost every Indian whether staying in India or abroad would celebrate Raksha Bandhan. There are many historical stories behind this festival for celebrating.
In the Vedic period, on a 'Shravan Poornima' day (Full Moon Day of the Hindu month of Shravan), the deities and demons had a battle against each other. The demons were in a stronger position, when compared to the deities. The king of the deities, Lord Indra, was very much worried about the battle. His wife Indrani could not see him struggling and prayed to the god to help her husband. She prepared a talisman with her religious power and tied it around Indra's right wrist.
Indrani believed that her talisman will protect Indra from the attack of demons. Eventually, she proved right, as that day, the deities won the battle and Lord Indra escaped unhurt. As the talisman had the power of protecting the person who wore it, later then it came to be known as 'Raksha Sutra' and the ceremony of tying it was called 'Raksha Bandhan'. Since this particular act of tying the talisman took place on 'Shravan Poornima' day, so it has become a tradition to celebrate 'Raksha Bandhan' on the 'Shravan Poornima' day every year. With time, the festival came to comprise of brother-sister duo, rather than husband-wife.
SIGNIFICANCE OF RAKSHBANDHAN:-
Like all other Indian festivals, Raksha Bandhan too is timeless and unique in the sense that it marks the strong bond between the love of brother and sister - going beyond the barriers of religion, status or region. The thread reminds the brothers that being strong they must protect their sisters at all times. The sisters’ tie the revered Rakhi string on their brothers' right wrists, and also solemnly pray for their brothers’ long and flourishing life as well.
Spreading love and bringing together all:-
Raksha bandhan is celebrated with fun and enthusiasm in India. Rakhi signifies the relation between a brother and a sister. The bond between a brother and sister is a beautiful relation on this earth. While Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi as it is commonly called has its roots in the Epics and Vedas, its relevance has never gone down at any point in history. In today’s age, Rakhi has gone beyond the bounds of the family. Now it gives all a unique opportunity to tie Rakhi on the right-hand wrists of the people who matter – be it close friends, neighbors, and even colleagues. This way, the bond of love and affection are strengthened in the neighborhood, educational institutions and even workplaces, thereby nurturing a harmonious social life. No less than an eminent personality such as the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore has endorsed the tying of Rakhi during his lifetime through congregational Rakhi Utsavs.
Celebrations on rakhi festival:-
On the day of Raksha bandhan, people get up early and wear their new attire. The day starts with offerings of pooja then Rakhi thali is prepared which includes rakhi sweets, rakhi and thilak. Sisters bring their rakhi thali and apply thilak on the forehead of her brother and ties rakhi on the wrist of her brother. In turn brothers promise to protect sisters in any situation by offering them rakhi gift to sisters. You can send best wishes to your dear ones by gifting raksha bandhan gifts. Even if you are far away from your dear ones you feel the presence by sending raksha bandan gifts to India online. What are you waiting for? Just log on to giftagift.com and select rakhi gifts from wide collections of variety online raksha bandhan gifts to India.