The word Raksha bandhan contains itself a deep meaning by splitting the word Raksha bandhan we get two incredible word those are Raksha as well as Bandhan. Raksha is what we call as protection it is the responsibility beholds by a brother towards her sister and Bandhan is the bond which exist between a brother and sister the bond of love and trust which the siblings share with each other we all know that this festival is being celebrated in india since years it is a hindu festival so there must be an epic story associated with this festival so let us start with the story which gives rise to the ritual of this beautiful festival celebrated in India every year.It is believed that the traditional Hindu festival Raksha bandhan which means knot of protection came into existence about 6000 years back at the time when first civilization was established yes the Indus Valley Civilization at that time and from that time there were many stories and events which took place and these were considered to be the evidences of Raksha bandhan celebration in Indian History.
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First with the epic story of Lord Krishna and Draupathi
As we know that the god and goddesses were taking birth on earth to protect the kind and good people one for such cause Lord Krishna was fighting with the devil King Shishupal Krishna put Shishupal to its death and in this war for the establishment of Dharma he was hurt and left with a bleeding finger seeing this Draupathi torn a strip of her sari cloth and tied it around the wrist of Lord Krishna to stop the bleeding.Seeing this act Krishna realized the love and concern of Draupathi towards him the affection he realized has made him declared himself bounded by sisterly love at that time he promises her sister Draupathi that he will protect her always whenever she called him in need and the same happened, after years later when Pandavas lost their wife Draupathi in the game of dice and with the feeling of Revenge Kauravas with the aim of insulting Draupathi removing her Sari she screamed called everyone present in the Sabha to protect her but nobody put a step forward to protect her then she called Lord Krishna and Krishna appears magically and helped her divinely elongating her sari so that they could not remove it and the sin was not happened because of Lord Krishna this is the story behind this traditional festival now let us know the happiness rituals cultural aspects of the festival.
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Rakhi is a festival which empowered and boosts sister’s love and affection and the bond between brother and sister on the divine day of Rakshabandhan sisters tie Rakhi on the wrist of their brothers before the Rakhi sisters pray for their brothers and applies a tilak (Tikka), a colorful mark on the forehead of the brother. After the tilak, the brother pledges to protect her and take care of his sister under all through her life then sister feeds her brother sweets with their hands there are mainly sweets dry fruits are taken as festival delicacies.After that the brothers present their love by giving Gifts and fulfilling the wishes of their sisters they also sugary feed their sisters with sweets and realizing the love and affection of their sisters sincerely takes the responsibility to protect her throughout her life. In our country the strength and power of the fragile thread Rakhi is considered stronger than any other thing in the world even stronger than an iron chain as this small thread binds sister brother with mutual love affection understanding and most importantly with the sense of responsibility.
CUSTOMS AND RITUALS
India is a country of festivals and every festival of India is incomplete without the traditional festivities which is re markedly belongs to the festival as its cultural heritage such as gathering, celebrations, exchange of sweets, giving gifts, singing, dancing, making lots of noise in joy. These all festivities brings the feeling of togetherness and unite the family and the festival Raksha Bandhan is one such festival. As the festivals brings the Heart close and brings out the brotherhood sisterhood feelings in air realizing its significance and important it is celebrated in various parts of India not only northern but also in western part and people are celebrating the festival with great enthusiasm and alacrity everywhere in the Country the mode of celebration being different in different regions but the central theme and the intentions of this epic festival being same.This unites our country with the feeling of Love, Trust, Care and Affection.
VARIATION IN CELEBRATIONS
The festival is celebrated with different styles and customs on the same day in various parts of South Asia.
Let us explore some of regions and the ways they celebrate the festival of Rakhi.
Aur hui mithayi
Ab to mera uphaar de do
Mere pyaare bhai!
Happy Raksha Bandhan!
The region of Uttarakhand namely called as the Kumaon region
The way of celebrating this festival is different and way amazing people here celebrate Raksha Bandhan with Janopunyu this is a kind of sacred thread which believed to be a holistic thread taking the Rakhi which the sisters tied on their hands they also change their Janopunyu along with this people enjoys this festival with fair held on this day named as Bagwal fair at Devidhura in the district of Champawat.
On this Rakhi, let’s bring back the lively spirit of childhood, play pranks with each other and become that wacky siblings we were always. Happy Raksha Bandhan
West Bengal and Orissa
Raksha bandhan has a characteristic name known as Jhulan Purnima in the state the main focus of the festival here is that they pray Lord Krishna and Rasha after that sisters tied Rakhi to Brothers and wish for their long life.Everywhere in the schools, offices, palaces, streets,collages this festival is celebrated with a hope to establish a good relationship among them.
ACROSS THE BOUNDARIES OF INDIA
Not only in India but in other Countries also the festival of Raksha bandhan is celebrated with great enthusiasm I am talking about Nepal the festival has spread its boundaries and made its place in the hearts of Nepal in Nepal it is also called as Janaeu Purnima which simply means that Janaeu is a holy thread and purnima means full moon there is a exception in celebration of this festival in Nepal and that is the Rakhi is tied not by the sister but by the senior family member on the wrist they enjoy the festival by eating a special food called Kwali a soup of sprout with seven different grains.
All these information which is provided above is of great importance with reference to the festival of Rakhi hope you all are mesmerized with the holistic appearance and adversity of the festival enjoy and learn and practice the values associated with the festival.