Raksha Bandhan is Celebrated on 22 August!
Sunday 22 August 2021
What Is The Meaning Of Raksha Bandhan?
Raksha Bandhan is also abbreviated as Rakhi. It is actually a festival in the Hindu religion. This festival is celebrated as a symbol of love and brotherhood. In literal terms, the word Raksha means Protection, and Bandhan is a verb for relation.
Who Started Raksha Bandhan?
Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore started Raksha Bandhan. It started in 1905. In this festival, he encouraged the women -both Pakistani and Hindu to tie bands called Rakhi on men that belong to other communities and make them Brother. This will be good for both nations.
When is Rakhi?
According to the Hindu tradition, this day is celebrated on the full moon in the month of Sravana in the lunar calendar. This year Rakhi will happen on the 22nd of August, which is a Sunday.
What Is The Story Behind Rakhi?
You must be wondering, Why do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan? There are several stories concerning Raksha Bandhan. One of the famous stories says that Raksha Bandhan started for the first time during the Mughal Period. This was when the queen of Chittoor named Karnavati sent a Rakhi, a piece of string, to Humayun and asked for his help. She wanted him to save her state from Bahadur Shah. At this, Humayun sent his army off for her help.
Another story link Raksha Bandhan with Krishna and Draupadi. It is believed that Draupadi once tore a piece of cloth from her Sari and tied it around Krishna’s wrist to stop his bleeding. After this, Krishna declared Draupadi her sister and protected her from the abuse of Kauravas.
Another folklore traces the link of Raksha Bandhan with Lord Yama and Lord Yamuna. Lord Yama is the Lord of Death, and Lord Yamuna is his sister and is the Lord of River. It is said that Lord Yamuna tied Rakhi to Lord Yama and bestowed him with the gift of immortality.
No matter which of these stories is true and false, this festival is still celebrated with great enthusiasm. Women wait for this festival throughout the year so that they could tie Rakhi to their brothers. In order to honor their sisters, the brother usually gifts something to their sisters. Brothers also promise to protect their sisters throughout their lives and save them from all thick and thins.
Some Facts About Rakhi:
You are aware of the stories associated with Rakhi and its meaning. Let us now explores some facts about Rakhi.
How Old Is Raksha Bandhan?
The Raksha Bandhan is believed to be officially started in 1905. But certain stories locate its presence in the past.
In Which Hand Rakhi Should Be Tied?
Rakhi is tied in the right hand and not on the left. The reason for this is that in Hindu Religion, there are some bad-connotations associated with the left hand, and it is considered inauspicious. Moreover, the Hindu were the ones to invent the clock-wise direction, which goes from right to left. They believe that the clock-wise direction goes along with the universe. The Hindu believes in starting all the sacred things with the right hand. Thus, the Rakhi is tied in the right hand. It receives the blessings of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Brahma, they believe.
How Long Do You Wear A Rakhi?
Rakhi is usually worn for 8 days. It is meant to be worn until Krishna Janmashtami, which is almost 8 days after Rakhi. Rakhi occurs on a full-moon while Janmashtami is on Amavasya. Krishna was born on the darkest night. That is why Rakhi is worn for almost 8 days.
When Should Rakhi Be Removed?
According to the Maharashtrian culture, Rakhi should be removed around 15 days after Raksha Bandhan. The reason behind this is the occurrence of a festival named Pola 15 days from Raksha Bandhan. This day is marked with the worshipping of God, Marbot Dev, by the farmers. In addition to this, people also worship Bulls on this day.
In India and other Hindu cultures, exchanging gifts and wishes is loved by all. People hug each other and wish each other success and happy life. Rakhi-themed cards are also exchanged with some good wishes written on them.
- Happy Raksha Bandhan to my childhood leg-puller, my lovely brother, my guardian and the only person who knows me inside-out. Thanks for always being there. Happy Raksha Bandhan bro!
- You are the only person who supports me in my hard times; you are the one who shakes a leg with me in my happiness. There was no single day in my life when you weren’t there. I really love you my big brother.
- Brothers are like lampposts along a dark and lengthy road called life. They don’t make the distance any shorter but they illuminate the path and make travelling worthwhile. Love u Brother.
- You supported me while I was in distress; you protected me when I was scared and all other things you did to make me happy. Thanks are just insufficient to express my gratitude. Happy Raksha Bandhan to you Brother!
- I wait for the day throughout the year to see you tie a Rakhi so religiously on my wrist and pray to God for my well-being. Sweetest Sis, I wish our bond grows stronger day by day…
- After a girl is grown, her little brothers, now her protectors; seem like big brothers. – Terri Guillemets
- No matter the distances between us, my Rakhi will always reach on time, to be tied on the wrist of my loving brother with the heartwarming wishes for joy and happiness to illuminate your life.
- My love for you is measureless. My blessings to you are unlimited. Dear Brother, you will always be my friend, a guide and a hero. Happy Raksha Bandhan.
- My brother is my best friend. You stand by me when I am alone; you make feel happy when I am low. Thanks for being for me always, Dear Brother. Happy Raksha Bandhan
- Happy Rakhi from mine to yours, let’s celebrate the journey of our childhood together and enjoy this beautiful festival!
- Dear sister, may you always be happy and in the pink of health. Wishing you a very happy Rakhi.
- May God grant you a happy, long and healthy life. Happy Rakhi, dear sister!