India is a diverse country where people of many religions, languages, and cultures live together. Even the Indian constitution allows us to follow our religion and culture and celebrate our festivals.
The significant festivals of India are Diwali, Raksha Bandhan, Holi, etc. Raksha Bandhan is the purest and most significant festival in India.
Raksha Bandhan shows the bonding between brother and sister and is simply unique and beyond the description in words. The bonding between brother and sister is amazing. In India, a celebration known as Raksha Bandhan depicts the love between brother and sister.
Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu celebration celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jain that Falls in the month of Shravana on the 'Purnima' as per the Hindu calendar. It is also known as Shravan Purnima.
Rakhi symbolises the strong bond between the siblings. Raksha Bandhan is also important because it is a promise between brother and sister to take care of and safeguard. It is one of the purest Hindu festivals.
Festival to celebrate the bond of love
Sister prepares a pooja thali
Raksha Bandhan take a vow always to protect their sisters
Raksha Bandhan is made up of a combination of two words that is Raksha, and the other is Bandhan. The word Raksha Bandhan is derived from Sanskrit terminology: the tie or knot for protection. Where Raksha means preservation and Bandhan signifies the connection.
This festival is popular all around India; this shows the love between brother and sister, which does not mean a blood relationship but the purity of the bond between brother and sister. This festival is popular among cousins, sister and sister-in-law, nephew and paternal aunt, and many more relatives.
This festival is popular among the Hindu and other religions, such as Jainism and Sikhism, and also celebrates Raksha Bandhan. Raksha Bandhan shows Unity among the people of the nation. Even during the struggle for freedom, Hindus and Muslims celebrate this festival with each other to show their Unity.
Origin of Raksha Bandhan :- There are various stories behind the origin of the Raksha Bandhan festival. Some of the stories behind the origin of Raksha Bandhan related to Hindu mythology are as follows.
Yama and the Yamuna :- According to Hindu mythology, Yama (the death God); Yama did not visit his sister Yamuna's house for an extended period, so she became upset. On the direction of goddess Ganga, Yama proceeded to meet his sister (Yamuna). She was very eager and performed the hospitality of her brother Yama. It made Yama delighted, and he asked Yamuna for a gift. Yama conveyed her Wish to glimpse her brother again and again.
Krishna and DraupadiAccording to Mahabharata, Draupadi, the wife of five Pandavas, tied a rakhi to Lord Krishna and Kunti tied Rakhi to his grandson Abhimanyu before the war began.
A few days before the Rakhi festival, women purchase Rakhi from the market. On Raksha Bandhan, the family members prepare for the rituals in the early morning, and the brother and sister wear new clothes and dress up nicely.
The sister Worships Lord Ganesha in the morning. She prepares the plate with the Rakhi, Kumkum, rice, Diya, and many other things.On the day of Raksha, all the sister's tied Rakhi on their brother's wrist and prayed to God for his health, long age, and well-being. The brother presents a gift and gives assurance to protect her. In the morning, the family girls pray to God for the brother's longer and healthier life. And then offer sweets or chocolate to him.
The festivals are an important part of Indian culture. Each community has its festival. Raksha Bandhan is a popular annual festival. It is the celebrated Purnima (full moon) of Shrawan. Rakhi is also known as, Saluno, silono, rakri, and many more.
Raksha Bandhan is one of the most important festivals for siblings, but there are some similar festivals, such as Bhai Dooj and Bhai tika. Raksha Bandhan denotes Unity, love, and compassion between the brother and the sister. It is not restricted to blood relations but is celebrated between cousins, sister and sister, nephews and aunts, and many more.