Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) 2014
Sunday 10th august 14
The innocent bond of affection among a brother and a sister is one with the deepest and noblest of human being emotions. 'Raksha Bandhan' or 'Rakhi' is a special day to rejoice this emotional bonding by tying a holy thread across the wrist. This thread, that pulsates with sisterly love and chic sentiments, is rightly referred to as the ‘Rakhi’. It means 'a bond of safety', and Raksha Bandhan signifies that the sturdy must shield the weak from all that’s evil.
The ritual is noticed on the complete moon day with the Hindu month of Shravan, on that sisters tie the sacred Rakhi string on their brothers' right wrists, and pray for his or her lengthy life. Rakhis are ideally made from silk with gold and silver threads, superbly crafted embroidered sequins, and studded with semi valuable stones.
This ritual not solely strengthens the bond of affection between brothers and sisters, but in addition transcends the confines with the family. When a Rakhi is tied on the wrists of close buddies and neighbors, it underscores the necessity for a harmonious social life, the place each particular person co-exist peacefully as brothers and sisters. All members with the group commit to guard one another and the society in such congregational Rakhi Utsavs, popularized by the Nobel laureate Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore.
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) Myths
Based on one mythological allusion, Rakhi was meant to be the worship with the sea-god Varuna. Therefore, choices of coconut to Varuna, ceremonial bathing and festivals at waterfronts accompany this festival.
There is also myths that describe the ritual as noticed by Indrani and Yamuna for his or her respective brothers Indra and Yama.
As soon as, Lord Indra stood virtually vanquished in the long-drawn battle against the demons. Full of regret, he sought the recommendation of Guru Brihaspati, who prompt for his sortie the auspicious day of Shravan Purnima (fullmoon day with the month of Shravan). On that day, Indra's spouse and Brihaspati tied a sacred thread on the wrist of Indra, who then attacked the demon with renewed force and routed him.
Thus the Raksha Bhandhan symbolizes all elements of safety with the good from evil forces. Even in the great epic Mahabharata, we discover Krishna advising Yudhishtthir to tie the puissant Rakhi to protect himself in opposition to impending evils.