Rakhi in India is one of the most important festival and is celebrated with
faith and enthusiasm. Rakhi festival in India is essentially celebrated by
brothers and sisters and intends to strengthen the eternal bond of love
shared by them. Rakhi is celebrated all over India and amongst all sections
of Hindu society. Rakhi celebrations are however more prominent in North
Legends of Rakhi
Number of legends
are associated with
the ancient festival of Raksha Bandhan. A popular legend of Rakhi from
Bhavishya Puran narrates the story of Indra and Indrani. It says that once
Lord Indra was facing reverses in battle against demons led by King Bruta.
At this stage Indra sought help of Guru Brihaspati. The sage advised him to
tie a sacred thread powered by mantras on the auspicious day of Shravan
Purnima. Following the suggestion, Indra's consort Indrani tied the sacred
thread on Indra's wrist on the decided time. The Rakhi helped Gods win the
battle against the demons. From then on sisters' began to tie a Rakhi on
their brother's wrist on the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan.
Rakhi Customs and Tradition
There are simple but set customs
for Rakhi Day. People wake up early and take bath to
purify their mind and soul. Sisters along with the mother prepare
including a sweet dish. A
sister then arranges the customary Rakhi
consisting of Rakhi, Tika, Mithai, Diya besides other
traditional puja items to carry out the ceremony. At the opportune time she
ties Rakhi on her brother's wrist, apply tika on his forehead and perform
arti of him. Praying for her brother's long life sister puts a sweet in
bhaiya's mouth. Brother reciprocates by presenting
Rakhi Return Gifts
sister and promises to guard her against all hardships in life. This simple
Rakhi ceremony symbolizes and strengthens the eternal bond of love between a
brother and sister.
Rakhi Celebration in India
In India, celebrations for Rakhi begin a month before the festival. Markets
wear a festival look as colorful Rakhi stall mushroom in every nook and
corner of the country. Brothers and sisters staying away from home start
making plans for a visit to home. For them Raksha Bandhan is the time for
On the day of Rakhi spirit of the people is high and there is a general
atmosphere of harmony and bliss. All family members gather and carry out the
traditional customs of the day with joy and enthusiasm. Later, everyone
relishes the best of food and have a good time.
Regional Significance of Rakhi
Auspicious day of Rakhi Purnima is celebrated all over India though under
different names and with different set of rituals. In North India, the
festival is popularly celebrated as Raksha Bandhan. On this day sisters tie
a sacred thread of Rakhi on brother's wrist and pray for his long life.
Brothers' bless their sister and present them gifts.
Regional names of Rakhi
in rest of
India include Nariyal Purnima, Avani Avittam and Balev. Read on to know more
Narial Poornima or Coconut Full Moon:
The festival of Rakhi is also
known as Narial Poornima
or Coconut Full
Moon. On Mumbai's famous beaches, coconuts are thrown into the sea to
propitiate the Sea God, Varuna, who is the chief object of worship on this
Rakhi is called
in South India.
This is the time of "upakarmam" and is celebrated in various ways
all over South India. It falls on the full-moon day of the month of Shravan
(August-September). Rakhi forms an important Hindu festival in South India.
Rakhi is also commonly known known Balev. This festival has
special significance among Brahmins as it is the day on which Brahmins
change their sacred thread. On Shravan Sud 15 when the moon is in the
constellation of Shravan the Brahmins, while changing their sacred thread,
rededicate themselves to study the vedas and pursue spiritual upliftment.
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