Raksha Bandhan is a major Festival of Hindus and is a treat to watch especially in India. It is also called Rakhi Purnima or simply Rakhi . The same festival is celebrated as Janai Purnima  in Nepal. The festival is a Hindu festival and is also a secular festival which celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. The festival is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister relationship.

Raksha Bandhan, which falls on Wednesday, 18 August, is an ancient Hindu festival that celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. On the auspicious day, sisters tie a thread (rakhi) on the wrist of brothers, expressing the love for them and pray for their well-being. The festival falls on the full moon day (Shravan Poornima) of the Shravan month of the Hindu lunisolar Nepali calendar.

Raksha Bandhan is primarily observed in northern and western India, Mauritius and major parts of Nepal. It is also celebrated by Hindus in parts of Pakistan, and by some non-resident Indians and non-resident Nepalis around the world.

What is Rakhi?

Rakhi is basically a sacred thread of Rakhi is basically a sacred thread of protection embellished with the love and affection of a sister for her brother. This day is also known as Raksha Bandhan and celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravana in India. This frail of thread of Rakhi is considered as stronger than iron chains as it binds the most beautiful relationship in an inseparable bond of love and trust. Rakhi festival also has a social significance because it underlines the notion that everybody should live in harmonious coexistence with each other.

Raksha Bandhan In History

The traditional Hindu festival ‘Raksha Bandhan’ (knot of protection) was came into origin about 6000 years back when Aryans created first civilization – The Indus Valley Civilization. With many languages and cultures, the traditional method to Rakhi festival celebration differs from place to place across India. Following are some historical evidences of Raksha Bandhan celebration from the Indian history. The multicultural aspects of Raksha Bandhan can be gleaned from history dating back thousands of years. It has many myths and historic legends linked to it. For example, the Rajput queens practised the custom of sending rakhi threads to neighbouring rulers as a token of brotherhood.

 

Raksha Bandhan Prayer / Mantras

 

Rakhi prayer is found in Book V, Chapter V of Vishnu Purana; it is the prayer that Yasoda says while tying a Raksha Bandhan amulet on Krishna’s wrist. An abridged form of the prayer is:

May the lord of all beings protect you,
May the one who creates, preserves and dissolves life protect thee,

May Govinda guard thy head; Kesava, thy neck; Vishnu, thy belly;
the eternal Narayana, thy face, thine arms, thy mind, and faculties of sense;

May all negativity and fears, spirits malignant and unfriendly, flee thee;
May Rishikesa keep you safe in the sky; and Mahidhara, upon earth.

रक्षाबन्धन मन्त्रः (Raksha Bandhan Mantra) Slokas

रक्षाबन्धन मन्त्रः
येन बद्धो वली राजा दानवेन्द्रो महाबलः ।
तेन त्वा प्रतिबध्नामि रक्षे माचल माचल ॥

SLOKA FOR TYING RAKSHA BANDHAN

The following Sloka has  to be recited by a sister while tying the Raksha Bandhan in her brother’s right hand:

Yena baddho balI rAjA dAnavendro mahAbalah !
tena tvAmapi badhnAmi rakshe  mA cala mA cala !!

Raksha Bandhan Quotes / Messages

 

1.Ravindra Nath Tagore’s poem on Rakhi is

The love in my body and heart
For the earth’s shadow and light
Has stayed over years.

With its cares and its hope it has thrown
A language of its own
Into blue skies.

It lives in my joys and glooms
In the spring night’s buds and blooms
Like a Rakhi-band
On the Future’s hand.

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