Owing to its various legends and differences in significance rakshabandhan
is known by different names in different states of India, by different
communities. Rakshabandhan significance also varies with the region.
Rakshabandhan is primarily a North and West Indian Festival but is
celebrated in other parts of India as well though the day of Shravan Purnima
or Rakshabandhan has a different significance in southern and coastal
Rakhi is one of the most important festival in India. Festival of
Rakhi celebrates the sanctity of the pious relationship that exists between
brothers and sisters. Since family and relationships are given supreme
importance in India, Rakhi gets its due significance as a festival.
Rakhi purnima is celebrated in the northern and
northwestern parts of India with a lot of zest and esprit. Here
Rakshabandhan is the celebration of the chaste bond of love between a
brother and a sister. more
It is called Nariyal Purnima or coconut full moon in the
Western Ghats that includes the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and
Karnataka. Here Rakshabandhan signifies the beginning of a new season for
those dependent on sea. more
Avittam / Upakarmam -
Rakhi Purnima is called Avani Avittam in
southern parts of India that is in Kerala, Andhra Peadesh, Tamil Nadu and
parts of Orissa and is an Important day for the Brahmins. The day is called
Upakarmam by the Brahmins. They change their Holy threads on this day.
The Rakshabandhan day is called Shravani or Kajari
Purnima in Madhya Pradesh, chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar. Rakshabandhan,
here is an important day for farmers and women who have sons.
The Rakshabandhan day is celebrated as Pavitropana in Gujarat.
Rakshabandhan is the day when people perform the grand pooja or the worship
of the three eyed God, Lord Shiva. It is the culmination of the prayers done
through out the year. more
Other Names -
Every region has a different name and celebration for
the Rakhi Purnima. The common link is that tying of rakhi on rakshabandhan
is now performed as a part of all the ceremonies
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