Traditions & Customs
Raksha Bandhan is an occasion to celebrate the sacred bond of love and
affection between siblings with lots of verve. Also known as Raksha Bandhan
across the world, this festival is primarily a north Indian festival that is
celebrated all brothers and sisters to express their deep emotions, love and
On the day of Rakhi festival, the sister ties Rakhi on the wrist of her
brother and both make prayer to God for the well being of each other.
Sisters perform 'aarti' and put tilak on the forehead of her brother. In
return, brothers make promise to take care of his sister under all
circumstances. Usually, brothers gift something to the sister to mark the
occasion. The mirth that surrounds the festival is unsurpassed. Amidst the
merriment the rituals are also followed with great devotion.
Preparation of Rakhi Festival
Generally, the fancy Rakhis and delicious sweets are prepared long before
the Shravana Purnima. According to the Indian tradition, the family members
get ready for the rituals early in the morning. They take a bath to purify
mind and body before starting any preparations. Sisters prepare the puja
thali which consists of roli, tilak, Rakhi threads, rice grains, aggarbattis
(incense sticks), diyas and sweets. After offering the rituals to the
deities of the family, the sister perform aarti of their brothers and ties
Rakhi on their wrist. Then, they put kumkum powder on the forehead of their
brother and offer sweets. All these rituals take place amid the chanting of
the following mantras :
"Suraj shakhan chhodian, Mooli chhodia beej
Behen ne rakhi bandhi / Bhai tu chir jug jee"
Which means "The sun radiates its sunlight, the radish spreads its
I tie the rakhi to you O brother and wish that may you live long."
After her prayer for a long life for her brother, she says that she is tie
the ever-protective Raksha to her brother's wrist and chants:
"Yena baddho Balee raajaa daanavendro
tena twaam anubadhnaami rakshe maa chala maa chala"
This means," I tie you the rakhi that was tied to king Bali, the
king of Demons,
O Rakhi I pray that you never falter in protecting your devotee.
In return, brothers pampers and blesses the sisters and promises to protect
her from all the evils of this world. He also present a token of his love
and affection as a Rakhi gift. The rituals performed on Raksha Bandhan may
differ from place to place but they carry the same aura throughout the