When is Raksha Bandhan

Rakhi on August 07, 2017
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Raksha Bandhan also known as Rakhi is an exceptional occasion that is celebrated every year, generally in the month of August, on Shravan Purnima day as per Hindu calendar. This year Raksha Bandhan falls on 07-Aug-2017. Raksha Bandhan is one of the very significant and ancient festival of India. It is celebrated all over the nation but the ways of celebrations and rituals differ from region to region. The name of this festival also transforms as soon as one enters into a new area. For example few of the names are the "Vish Taadak" (destroyer of poison), the "Punya Pradaayak" (bestowal of boons), and the "Paap Naashak" (destroyer of sins).

Rakhsha Bandhan Ritual

A woman ties a "Rakhdi" (Rakhi - a piece of thread, in simple words) on her brother's right wrist, to protect him from evils and those aspects which may foul his spirit, and to fortify the bond of eternal love between them. She performs the rituals by smearing on Kanku - Kum Kum and Akshat - Rice Seeds on his brother's forehead. In return the brother gives her an endowment and pledges to protect her and keep her happy too. This Rakhdi - thread isn't an ordinary one. It has immense significance. It symbolizes deep rooted affections and well wishes, and in return a promise of eternal care and protection. The words "Rakhdi (Rakhi) itself means the bond of protection. However, basically Rakhdi - Rakhi is a symbol of peace and brotherhood. Hence, this Rakhdi - Rakhi is tied to all those who are cared for, esp during wars.

The "Rakhdi" (Rakhi) itself arrays from a decorated strand to elegantly ornamented balls of assorted sizes and materials such as silk, feathery fiber, glitters, gold, silver beads and so on. Sweets symbolize the sugary moments between the brothers and sisters and on this day all kinds of sweets are prepared.

On this day, priests also fasten the rakhdi on their clients and in return accept contributions from them. In several parts of the country it is usual to sketch figures on the walls of their abode and worship them with offerings of vermilion and kheer. A few parts of India also keep this day for the blessed thread changing service, when the boys abandon the previous one and slip on a new one ritualistically. However it is the emblematic never-ending union between brothers and sisters that cements ties between them even across continents, which has the most importance on this propitious day.

Importance of Rakhdi

Rakhdi is an implicit assurance exchanged between a brother and sister strengthening their persistent relationship. This also supports their protective attachment against all evils and chances. Rituals like these, undoubtedly, ease out various communal strains, stimulate empathy, unfasten outlets of expression, and present an occasion to revise our responsibility as individual, most notably, fetch happiness in our humdrum lives.

This protective bond symbolized by Rakhdi has resulted in immeasurable opinionated ties among monarchies and states. The leaves of Indian history give evidence that the Maratha and the Rajput queens have sent Rakhdis even to Mughal kings who, despite their differences, have assuaged their Rakhi-sisters by rendering aid and fortification at vital instants and respected the everlasting bond. Even nuptial alliances have been established between kingdoms through the exchange of Rakhis.

For more information on Rakhi, Rakhi Origins, The History of Raksha bandhan, Raksha Bandhan celebrations in India Visit - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakhi