Traditionally the Rakhi thali is the same as the thali for the pooja of the
deities. The Rakhi Thali contains a diya, roli or tika, rice, sandalwood,
incense sticks. In the Raksha bandhan thali, the rakhis are kept along with
These days there are a lot many variations of the rakhi thali available in
the market. The thali or the plate could be of silver or brass or simple
steel. They may have fixed containers and stands for the various components
of the pooja or have complimenting incense stick stands and diyas,
containers for rice and roli and place to keep sweets.
You can innovate your own way of decorating the rakhi thali. Brass or
silver or silver plated rakhi thali are considered most auspicious. One of
the essentials is drawing a Swastika in the middle of the rakhi thali, the
symbol of Lord Ganesha. You need three tiny containers for roli, rice and
water, a diya and an insence stick stand. Rakhi and flowers can be places in
the thali itself and sweets can accompany in a separate plate.
You can use Beatle leaves as a replacement of the containers. Beatle leaves
are considered auspicious.
You can put a banana leaf on an ordinary tali to give it a festive look and
arrange the pooja ingredients on the banana leaf.
You may decorate the rakhi thali with a yellow or red cotton bandhani cloth
and decorate with gota ( Golden lace) or moli . Take care that diya and the
burning encense sticks don't come in direct contact with the cloth.
Create a sacred aura by placing a jute mat and asans and arrange your
things on it. It is upto ones own imagination and the traditional
perspectives to decorate the rakhi thali and perform the ceremony. Be your
innovative self and enjoy the auspices of the day.
Rakhi Thali Decoration Idea with Sandalwood:
1. Swab sandalwood paste with water over entire thali. After it is dry,
make an auspicious Swastika with Roli (Red kumkum) at the center of thali.
2. Decorate the space between Swastika with yellow petals of marigold, and
the entire swastika with a boundary box of rose petals. Circle edge boundary
of thali with rose petals.
3. Decorate the thali fringe with satin, beads and tassels.
4. Place beetle leaves at the centre and on four sides of the thali. Place
roli, Rakhi, akshat and sweets on all four beetle leaves. Place the diya on
the center beetle leaf.
5. Decorate the space between beetle leaves with dry fruits.
6. You Thali is ready for Rakhi tying ceremony.
Rakhi Thali Decoration Idea by Sumathi Chutkay
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