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Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi: The Thread of Love

Raksha Bandhan, or also known as Rakhi is a Hindu festival, which celebrated in many parts of the Indian subcontinent, or Nepal. Meaning of Raksha bandhan is “bond of protection”.  It is observed on the full moon day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar of Shravana month, which falls in Gregorian calendar of August month.

The festival is symbol of the love and duty between brothers and sisters. It is also used to celebrate any brother-sister type of relationship between men and women who may or may not be biologically related. On Raksha Bandhan, a sister ties a rakhi on her brother’s wrist with a prayer for his happiness and prosperity. This represents the sister’s love towards his brother. The brother gives her a gift & a promise to protect her.

This frail of thread of Rakhi is considered as stronger than iron chains as it binds the most beautiful relationship in an inseparable bond of love and trust. Rakhi is a sacred thread of Rakhi is a sacred thread of protection embellished with love & affection of a sister for her brother.

Rakhi festival also has a social significance because it underlines the notion that everybody should live in harmonious coexistence with each other. Not a single festival in India is complete without the typical Indian festivities, the gatherings, and celebrations, exchange of sweets and gifts, lots of noise, singing and dancing.

Raksha bandhan is also celebrated by some Jains and Sikhs, by Hindu communities in other parts of the world. Among the Jains, Jain priests give threads to devotees. Raksha Bandhan has been an important tradition in the history of Sikhism as well. In Nepal, the festival is called Rishitarpani or Janai Purnima, involving a sacred thread ceremony, one observed by Hindus and Newar Buddhist communities.

Raksha Bandhan as a religious festival focuses on performing the aarti and saying prayers prior to tying the rakhi. The prayers draw inspiration from the Hindu scriptures. Raksha Bandhan in Sanskrit literally means “the tie or knot of protection”. The word Raksha means protection, while Bandhan is the verb to tie.

“The memories may fade away with time but the love and special bond we share will grow ever stronger with each day… Home Search Wishes you all Happy Raksha Bandhan!”