A day dedicated to brothers!

Neha Dwivedi  By Neha Dwivedi , 13th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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There is a little boy inside the man who is my brother ... Oh, how I hated that little boy. And how I love him too.
- Anna Quindlan

A tradition!

Rakshabandhan is a traditional festive celebrated in India every year with lot of joy and enjoyment.It is celebrated on a full moon day in the month of August or Saavan as it is called in India.It is a day when brothers and sisters reaffirm their bonds of affection.Rakshabandhan is a very special festival.The sisters tie a special band on their brothers wrist as a mark of affection.It is a way of telling your brother that you will never forget the way he teased you, yet fought with those who said a word against you and how you bid him farewell with a smile and yet he saw only the tears that flowing down your cheeks.

Raksha-Bandhan

Raksha symbolizes protection while bandhan refers to binding. As per the tradition girls get up early in the morning and prepares the pooja thali with a diya(lantern), roli, chawal(rice) and rakhi( the sacred band) . She worships the deities and ties rakhies to her brothers and wishes for their well being. Brothers too present their sisters with a gift as a token of their love and promise that they will always protect them and see to it that all their wishes com true.The rakhi tightens the bond between brother and sister.

Its origin

Rakshabandhan has so many stories dedicated to its origin. Some of them are very interesting and touching.


1.The legend in the Bhavishya Puran :

The legend refers to a war between the Gods and the Demons. The demon King
Brutra was advancing and the Gods lead by lord Indra, were on verge of defeat. The
king of Gods, Indra approached Guru Brihaspati to find a solution to the situation.
Brihaspati asked Indra to tie a sacred thread on his wrist, powered by the sacred
mantras on the Shravan Purnima. Lord Indra's Queen Sachi also called Indrani,
empowered the thread and tied it on to his hand on the decided day. The power of
the sacred thread called Raksha helped the Gods to victory.


2.According to another legend Demon King Bali was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu.
Lord Vishnu had taken up the task to guard his kingdom leaving his own abode in
Vaikunth. Goddess Laxmi wished to be with her lord back in her abode. She went to
Bali disguised as a Brahmin woman to seek refuge till her husband came back.

During the Shravan Purnima celebrations, Laxmiji tied the sacred thread to the King.
Upon being asked she revealed who she was and why she was there. The king was
touched by her goodwill for his family and her purpose and requested the Lord to
accompany her. He sacrificed all he had for the Lord and his devoted wife.

Thus the festival is also called Baleva that is Bali Raja's devotion to the Lord. It is said
that since then it has been a tradition to invite sisters in Shravan Purnima for the
thread tying ceremony or the Raksha Bandhan.

3.It is said that the Raksha Bandhan was a ritual followed by Lord Yama (the Lord of
Death) and his sister Yamuna. Yamuna tied rakhi to Yama and bestowed immortality.
Yama was so moved by the serenity of the occasion that he declared that whoever
gets a rakhi tied from his sister and promised her protection will become immortal.

Its importance in today's scenario

The day has more significance in today's scenario . The occasion holds for a life long pledge to practice moral, spiritual and cultural values.Rakshabandhan assumes all kind of protection and is meant to be a destroyer of sin.OK friends i cannot write anything more as i have to tie rakhi to my brother!

"Happy Rakshabandhan"

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Brother, Brother And Sister, Brotherhood, Brotherly Love, Love, Rakhi, Raksha Bandhan

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Hello people ! I am a student whose aim is to become a professional writer .I love writing all kinds of stuff but what interests me the most is poetry . Hope you all enjoy my writing (Neha Dwivedi )

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
13th Aug 2011 (#)

How interesting. what a beautiful custom. Thanks for a great share geeta.

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
13th Aug 2011 (#)

thank you Steve....

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author avatar Tim Crosswell
14th Aug 2011 (#)

Geeta, Thnaks for sharing this. Many people outside India don't know that there is a festival exclusively devoted to brother-sister relationship.

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
14th Aug 2011 (#)

thank you Aditya for stopping by and posting your comment. i really appreciate it a lot!

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author avatar Buzz
14th Aug 2011 (#)

Thanks for imparting your knowledge of your beautiful country, geeta.

Happy Rakshabandhan, too!

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
14th Aug 2011 (#)

same to you Buzz....

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author avatar Lila Bangsawan
14th Aug 2011 (#)

I learned a lot about the custom. Thank you so much, Geeta.

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
14th Aug 2011 (#)

Its my privilege Lila......thanks a lot for posting your comment!

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author avatar Songbird B
14th Aug 2011 (#)

What a lovely custom, Geeta! Thank you so much for sharing this with us here at Wikinut..

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
14th Aug 2011 (#)

thank you songbird for posting your comment.

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author avatar Phoenix Montoya
15th Aug 2011 (#)

Wonderful tradition geeta. Maybe in another life, maybe we can exchange bracelets :)

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
15th Aug 2011 (#)

yup...hope so!

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
16th Aug 2011 (#)

What a wonderful custom! Thank you, Geeta.

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
16th Aug 2011 (#)

yes it is! thank you Carol!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
17th Aug 2011 (#)

Happy Rakshabandhan to you too. What a brilliantly fascinating article. Adored it - and I've learned such a lot today from this. Thanks, Geeta

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
18th Aug 2011 (#)

thank you Sheila Newton for stopping by and posting your comment!

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author avatar Humza
30th Aug 2011 (#)

A custom I also admire alot geeta!

Thats a beautiful yet cherishing custom, bond and relationship tied and strengthened via a band!!

thnx alot for sharing :)

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
31st Aug 2011 (#)

thanks a lot for posting your comment!

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author avatar Priyanka Sarode
27th May 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing the mythological stories too. Many don't know.

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