Festival of Love and Care - Rakshabandhan

Festival of love and care

Raksha Bandhan is one of the most important and popular Hindu festival. It is celebrated by Hindus and the people from all over the world influenced by the Hindu culture. On this day, sisters of all ages tie A talisman or Amulet, called the Rakhi, around the wrist of their brothers. It is a symbol of love and care between brother and sister. Sisters tie rakhi to protect their brothers and expect responsibility of their potential care. Brothers are the main protector for a sister when she is in a trouble. It is a beautiful festival and celebrated on the last day of Hindu lunar calendar month of Shraavan. It's a bond of protection and care and people of India celebrate it with pride.

Raksha Bandhan has a deep rooted historical significance. There are many legends linked with the past of Hindu religion. According to the Hindu mythology, it is believed that on every Shravana Purnima day the deity Yamuna used to tie a sacred thread on Yama's (God of death) wrist. Yama was so impressed and touched by the serenity of this custom that he declared, who ever got a rakhi tied from his sister would become immortal. From that day the traditional has been performed by the people. Another legend is related to the Mahabharata. In Mahabharata, there is an incident where Lord Krishna was hurt during the war with king Shishupal, and left with bleeding finger. At that moment, Draupati had torn a piece of cloth and tied around his wrist to stop bleeding. Krishna was touched by her gesture and promised to reply her love and devotion in future, whenever she needs that. The legend of mighty king Bali and the deity Laxmi (Goddess of wealth) is also a popular one. But the story of Rani Karnavati and Emperor Humayun is the most significant evidence in history related with this festival. Rani Karnavati, a widow queen of the king Chittor sent a rakhi to Emperor Humayun with a request to save her dignity. The Emperor Humayun touched by the gesture and started with his troops without wasting any time to save her honour but before he reached there, rani performed Joher and sacrificed her life.

India has always been in light because of its diversified culture. We have multiple religions and have been celebrating these festivals together with a feeling of togetherness. We have a series of festivals throughout the year and we literally enjoy celebrating it every year with a more enthusiasm and more energy. Time is changing so the way of celebrating the festivals with the change in our lifestyle. Rakshabandhan is one of those festivals which Hindus celebrate every year to make their sisters more comfortable by endowing them with a responsibility to care for her.

It’s a thread of love wherein Sisters tie Rakhi on the wrist of their brothers, put roli and rice on his forehead and pray for his well-being. She bestows him with gifts and blessings. In turn, brothers also wish her a good life and pledges to take care of her. He gives her a return gift. The gift symbolizes the physical acceptance of her love, reminder of their togetherness and his pledge. The legend and the reference in history repeated, the significance of the festival is emphasized.

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