About Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)
The bonding between a brother and a sister is simply unique and is beyond description in words. The relationship between siblings is extraordinary and is given importance in every part of the world.
This is a special Hindu festival which is celebrated in India which symbolize the love between a brother and a sister. The occasion of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu luni-solar calendar in the month of Shravana which typically falls in the August month of Gregorian calendar.
Meaning of Raksha Bandhan
The festival is made up of two words, namely “Raksha” and “BandhanThe occasion means “the tie or knot of protection” where “Raksha” stands for the protection and “Bandhan” signifies the verb to tie. Together, the festival symbolizes the eternal love of brother-sister relationship which does not mean just the blood relationships only.
Reason for the celebration of this festival
On this day, a sister ties a rakhi around the wrist of her brother in order to pray for his prosperity, health and well-being. The brother in return offers a gifts and promises to protect his sister from any harm and under every circumstance. The festival is also celebrated between brother-sister belonging to distant family members, relatives or cousins
Origin of Raksha Bandhan Festival
- The origin of Raksha Bandhan comes from the ancient times when Indrani tied a thread given to her by Lord Vishnu around her husband Lord Indra’s wrist to protect him from demons during the war between the Gods and demons.
- It is believed that once Lord Krishna cut his finger and was bleeding profusely. Seeing this, Draupadi tore a part of her sari and tied it around his finger. This is believed reason why he saved her during her cheerharanby Kaurava.
- Rakhi saved Alexander The Great’s life. When he had invaded India, his wife Roxana had sent a rakhi to the Katoch King Porus and he had vowed to protect her and her husband. On the battlefield when he was about to kill Alexander he saw the rakhi and refrained from killing Alexander The Great.
- Emperor Humayun who went with his troops to Mewar when Rani Karnavati who ruled the region. Mewar had been attacked twice by Bahadur Shah and as a ray of hope she sent a letter along with rakhi to Humayun asking for his help. The emperor who was between a military campaign then left everything to protect her.
Few songs dedicated to all brother and sister.
Bhaiya Mere Rakhi Ke
O Behena || Raksha Bandhan special || MOhit Lalwani