The Meaning of Raksha Bandhan
Relationships are the essence of any festivity and it holds true for any
Indian festival. Each occasion brings the family together which calls for a
celebration. Raksha Bandhan is a celebration of one such relation - that of
a brother and a sister. This relationship is no where so celebrated as in
India. Raksha Bandhan is a festival which celebrates the bond of affection
between brothers and sisters. It is a day when siblings pray for each
others' well being and wish for each others' happiness and goodwill.
The name 'Raksha Bandhan' suggests 'a bond of protection'. On this
auspicious day, brothers make a promise to their sisters to protect them
from all harms and troubles and the sisters pray to God to protect their
brother from all evil. The festival falls on the Shravan Purnima which comes
generally in the month of August. Sisters tie the silk thread called Rakhi
on their brother's wrist and pray for their well being and brothers promise
to take care of their sisters.
Raksha Bandhan is now considered as a day to celebrate the sacred relation
of a brother and a sister. Yet there have been examples in history where in
rakhi has just been a raksha or protection. It could be tied by wife, a
daughter or mother. The Rishis tied rakhi to the people who came seeking
their blessings. The sages tied the sacred thread to themselves to safe
guard them from the evil. It is by all means the 'Papa Todak, Punya Pradayak
Parva' or the day that bestows boons and end all sins as it is mentioned in
Previously, Rakhi festival encompasses the warmth shared between the
siblings but now it goes way beyond it. Some people tie Rakhi to neighbours
and close friends signifying a peaceful co-existence of every individual.
Rakhi Utsav was first popularized by Rabindranath Tagore to promote the
feeling of unity and a commitment to all members of society to protect each
other and encourage a harmonious Social life.
In today's scenario, the day has a different perspective. The occasion
involves a pledge of life-time practice of moral, cultural and spiritual
values. The values and the sentiments attached to the rituals of this
festival are worth inculcating by the whole human race, the sentiments of
harmony and peaceful coexistence. The festival of Raksha Bandhan assumes all
forms of Raksha or protection, of righteousness and destroyer of all sin.
The ritual of Rakhi tying has become so important that come what may,
brothers and sisters try to visit each other place on this particular day
tin order to bring back the oneness of the family, binding the family
together in an emotional bond of love.
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