Why Do We Celebrate Raksha Bandhan?
- Updated on 11 Aug 2022
- Days and Festival
- Mautushi Paul
- 3 mins read
Think of Raksha Bandhan, and the picture that probably comes to mind is a knot of brightly-coloured string tied around the wrists of a brother. But what is the significance of this centuries-old tradition? Why do we celebrate it? What does Raksha Bandhan mean? This Raksha Bandhan 2022, join us as we explore the meaning and origins of Raksha Bandhan and discover why this unique festival is so significant to millions of people worldwide!
What is Raksha Bandhan?
Raksha Bandhan, also known as Rakhi, is a Hindu festival celebrating the bonds of love and affection between brothers and sisters. It typically involves tying a Rakhi – a sacred thread or bracelet – around a brother’s wrist by his sister. It is observed on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravana (usually August).
Raksha Bandhan has been observed for centuries and is mentioned in various Hindu texts and scriptures, including the Mahabharata. In more modern times, it has become a famous festival across India and Nepal and is celebrated by Hindus living in other countries worldwide.
Why is this festival named Raksha Bandhan?
Raksha Bandhan is a Sanskrit term that translates to ‘the bond of protection. Raksha means ‘protection’, while Bandhan signifies ‘bond’ or ‘tie’.
This festival is so named because it celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters and the promises they make to each other. On this day, sisters tie a sacred thread (known as a rakhi) around their brother’s wrist and pray for their safety and wellbeing. In turn, brothers always vow to protect their sisters and offer gifts to symbolise their love and affection.
Legends and myths of Raksha Bandhan!
There are many stories and legends associated with the festival of Raksha Bandhan. One popular legend is that of Lord Krishna and Draupadi. It is said that once, while Krishna was defending Draupadi from the evil Dushasana, her sari got completely soaked in his blood. When Draupadi saw this, she tore off a strip of her sari and tied it around Krishna’s wrist as a symbol of their eternal bond.
Another popular legend is Yama, the god of death, and his sister, the Yamuna. It is said that Yamuna had once saved Yama from the clutches of death, and in return, he blessed her with the power to absolve people of their sins. It is believed that on the day of Raksha Bandhan, Yamuna ties a sacred thread around Yama’s wrist, which protects people from his wrath.
Yet another legend associated with Raksha Bandhan is that of Indra, the king of gods, and his wife, Sachi. It is said that once, when Indra was away fighting a demon, Sachi tied a Rakhi around the wrist of Agni, the god of fire. Impressed by her devotion, Agni went to Indra’s rescue and helped him defeat the demon.
What does Rakshan Bandhan teach our kids?
The festival of Raksha Bandhan is a special occasion that teaches our kids the importance of love and protection between siblings. It is a day to celebrate the special relationship that brothers and sisters share and to remind them of their duty to protect each other. On this day, sisters tie Rakhi threads around the wrists of their brothers and pray for their safety and well-being. This festival is also a reminder for brothers always to keep their sisters safe and protected.
Best rakhi gift for your beloved siblings!
On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan 2022, send your siblings the best rakhi gift to show them how much you care. Here are a few exciting rakhi gift ideas:
1. A special Rakhi hampers filled with their favourite things.
2. A personalised mug with a sweet message.
3. A box of delicious chocolates.
4. A voucher for a day of pampering at a spa.
5. A gift card for their favourite online store.
6. A basket of fresh fruits and vegetables.
7. A set of trendy clothes.
8. A pair of tickets to their favourite sports team’s next game or concert.
9. A subscription to their favourite magazine
10. A gift certificate for a day of adventures, like bungee jumping or sky diving.
Raksha Bandhan is a special day to celebrate the bond of love and protection between brothers and sisters. It is also a time for many families to come together and thank God for His blessings. We wish all our readers a pleased Raksha Bandhan 2022 on this joyous occasion! May your family be blessed with peace, happiness, and good health.
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