Published On : June 29, 2022  |  Author : Astrologer Umesh
Raksha Bandhan

What Is Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)?

RakshaBandhan, a festival that evokes sheer bonding between a brother and a sister, a festival that accentuates the auspiciousness of cultural vibrancy of India, is one of the most popular and widely-celebrated ceremonial days across the country.

The unmistakable presence of joys and fervency of people celebrating Raksha Bandhan Festival with their brothers and sisters constitutes the ceremonial beauty felt far across the nation, including South Asian religions and other parts of the world where Hindu religion and culture are deep-rooted.

The Raksha Bandhan Festival involves a religious ritual of tying a Rakhi by the sisters around the wrists of their brothers, portraying thereby a picture of a beatific ceremony traditionally celebrated to commemorate the bonding of brothers and sisters and to honour brothers to protect their sisters.

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What Does Raksha Bandhan Symbolize?

The Raksha Bandhan festival is a symbolic gesture of showing deep-seated bonds of love between brothers and sisters, along with a portrayal of brotherly love and a vow toward the protection of their sisters in time of need.

It explains why the festival emits piousness and auspiciousness. It also reasons why the festival is celebrated so enthusiastically, not because of tying Rakhi around the wrist of brothers by their sisters, but also the promise of a vow-bond brother to keep her sister out of harm’s day. Thus, Raksha Bandhan festival symbolizes both bonding between sisters and brothers, and the vow of brothers to protect their sisters.

In a time of mounting crimes and threats lingering widespread across today’s society, a festival like Raksha Bandhan evokes a relieving sense of safety for sisters ensured by their brothers.

What Is The Meaning Of Raksha Bandhan?

Raksha Bandhan is made of two words, “Raksha” and “Bandhan” which stands for “A promise of protection” of a brother for his sister. Thus, Raksha Bandhan constitutes altogether a brother’s unbreakable vow to keep his sister out of harm’s day, timely protection from the threats around her.  It is therefore this reason why Rakhi is tied around the wrist of brothers, given sisters convey their love for their brothers. The festival means to solidify the love of the brother-sister relationship.

History Of Raksha Bandhan Festival

Raksha Bandhan is a festival which came into existence a long time back, say centuries ago. Various stories revolving around the origin of the festival have their respective narratives in which they talk at length about how it came into being.

According to the Hindu mythology of Bhavishya Purana, once gods and demons engaged in a pitched battle. The king of gods, lord Indra was spearheading the battle on the side of the gods. On the other hand, the side of the battle of demons was spearheaded by the demon king, Bali. The fierce battle continued unabated for years without coming to a decisive conclusion.

Having seen the outcome of the battle going nowhere to an end, the wife of Indra, Sachi, approached Lord Vishnu. The divine lord gave her a holy bracelet fashioned out of cotton thread. When Sachi tied the bracelet around the wrist of Indra, he attained victory in the battle against the demons and recovered the capital city of heaven, the Amaravati. The point of the legend is to accentuate the significance of the holy threads called amulets or today’s Rakhi that wives would tie around the wrists of their husbands when they were leaving for war. During the course of time, the tradition evolved into accentuating the bond of the brother-sister relationship.

The Raksha Bandhan festival is also said to have originated from an incident in the Mahabharata, involving Draupadi who tied a part of her fabric around the wounded finger of Lord Krishna when Pandavas were serving exile. In return for her favour, Krishna promised safety of her modesty anytime. Lord Krishna fulfilled that promise when Draupadi’s modesty was at stake in the courtroom of Kauravas. The little fabric she tied around the finger of Krishna later became symbolic of Rakhi in today’s time, representing the promise of a brother for his sister.

Conclusion: Raksha Bandhan is India’s one of the most glorious and widely celebrated days. it is considered auspicious due to representing boundless love between brothers-sisters, together with conveying the unbreakable vow of brothers to protect their sisters at any cost. Maxim of such kind and deep-seated love of siblings constitutes the sanctity and auspiciousness of Raksha Bandhan today.

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