Raksha Bandhan is a festival celebrated by Indians across the world on Shravan Purnima. Also known as Rakhi Purnima or just Rakhi it means “Knot of Protection”. This festival is for an amazing relationship shared between brothers and sisters. It is this day that we can celebrate the special bond of love, care and affection between siblings. It also stands for a promise of lifelong protection.
Celebrate Raksha Bandhan in a unique way!!!
For years we have been celebrating Raksha Bandhan with our entire family. Lets do something different. Today along with your family, go to an orphanage or an old age home. Tie Rakhis to them and give them small gifts (It can be just chocolates or biscuit packs). You would be very happy to see the joy on their face.
Lets make more people happy on this special festival of bonding.
Little did we know that rakhi has deep rooted historical significance. People believe and follow different stories from the past mythology of the hindu religion. Raksha bandhan is mentioned clearly in the Book V of Vishnu Puraan. The most famous story of them all is of Rani Karnavati of Chittor and the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Rani Karnawati (Grandmother of Maharana Pratap) was the widowed queen of Chittor (Mewar). As she was unable to defend her empire from Bahadur Shah, Sultan of Gujarat she had sent a Rakhi to the Mughal Emperor, Humayun for protection and help. The Emperor was overwhelmed, emotional and immediately started for her rescue. But he could not reach on time and Rani Karnawati had performed Jauhar (mass suicide). Humayun, on reaching the fortress, fought with Bahadur Shah and evicted him from the land.
Nowadays however Rakhi celebration is more of a family get-together. The sisters dress up beautifully in order to celebrate this special occasion with their brothers. They also pray for a prosperous future and a long life for their brothers. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated with exchange of gifts unlike the old days when money was handed over to the sister as a token of love. Rakhi holds great emotional and religious significance.
So take some time out from your busy schedule to celebrate the bond of love with your brothers,sisters and kids from orphanages.
Happy Rakshabandhan to all!