RAKSHA BANDHAN

Pundit Roshan Singh

Raksha Bandhan is one of the most important festivals in India and it is dedicated to the love of brothers and sisters. This festival is celebrated almost by every household in India irrespective of caste, creed, or status. Generally, this festival falls on the full moon day of Shravan month which is also known as Shravan Purnima. Therefore, the festival is also known as Rakhi Purnima. In India it is declared a public holiday in view of its importance. India is one country where the joint family system is still practiced. Love and care for the elderly is of prime importance. It is a system that encourages the young members of the family to be guided by their elders in all matters of their lives. Their experience, knowledge of life cannot be compared to the education that one achieves in schools and universities. Raksha Bandhan is now celebrated all over the world wherever persons of Indian origin have established themselves on a smaller scale.

HISTORY

There are many legends related to Raksha Bandhan and one of them is that once upon a time, the finger of Lord Krishna got accidentally cut with his own Sudarshan Chakra. Draupadi, who was the wife of Pandavas, tore a part of the clothes that she was wearing and tied it to the bleeding finger of Lord Krishna.

Krishna was quite moved by this gesture and he promised to take care of Draupadi from all kinds of evil in the future. In Mahabharata, when Kauravas tried to disrobe Draupadi, it was Lord Krishna who protected her. There are various other stories related to the origin of Raksha Bandhan. India, which has diversity in its languages and culture is known for many different kinds of traditions and customs related to Raksha Bandhan that vary from one state to another.

SIGNIFICANCE OF RAKSHA BANDHAN

The festival of Raksha Bandhan signifies the love between brothers and sisters. The concept is mainly based on care, obligation, and protection. It is an expression and celebration of sibling-hood and people get a thread tied on the wrist as a knot of commitment. The love between brothers and sisters is considered one of the most sacred things in India. Brothers in India are quite concerned about their sisters and always care for their well-being. Sisters, on the other hand, play the role of a second mother for their brothers. It is a day when the love for brother and sister is rekindled.

HOW IS THE FESTIVAL CELEBRATED

The festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated by sisters tying a thread known as Rakhi on the wrists of their brothers and brothers on the other hand give gifts to their sisters, and promise to take care of them throughout their life. On this particular day, almost everybody in the house wears new clothes, and relatives and neighbors visit the houses one another to celebrate this festival. Many special kinds of dishes are also prepared on this particular day.

We pray that this festival will not only be celebrated on this special day but will be celebrated on a daily basis as one learns how to maintain a pure, loving and caring relationship for one another always.

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