RAKSHA BANDHAN – celebration of Immortal Love
The chaste love and devotion between a brother and a sister is one of the most profound and noblest of human feelings. ‘Raksha Bandhan’ or “Rakhi” is a unique event to commend this passionate holding by tying a sacred thread around the wrist. This string, which throbs with careful love and heavenly assumptions, is properly called the ‘Rakhi’. It signifies ‘an obligation of security’, and Raksha Bandhan connotes that the solid must shield the feeble from all that is malicious.
Raksha Bandhan is a famous celebration celebrated all over the nation. Regardless of station and statement of faith individuals from all kinds of different backgrounds take an interest in this celebration. It is praised on the full moon day of the lunar month (Shravana Poornima) which additionally harmonizes with Upa karma (changing the holy string for the Brahmins, Avani Avittom in South India).
The word Raksha means protection, whilst Bandhan is the verb to tie. Traditionally, during the festival sisters tie a rakhi, a bracelet made of interwoven red and gold threads, around their brothers’ wrists to celebrate their relationship. This thread, which pulsates with sisterly love and sublime sentiments, is rightly called the Rakhi. This ritual not only strengthens the bond of love between brothers and sisters, but also transcends the confines of the family.
THE AUSPICIOUS FULL MOON -
In North India, Rakhi Purnima is also called Kajri Purnima or Kajri Navami, when wheat or barley is sown, and goddess Bhagwati is worshipped. In West, the festival is called Nariyal Purnima or the Coconut Full Moon. In South India, Shravan Purnima is an important religious occasion, especially for the Brahmins. Raksha Bandhan is known by various names: Vish Tarak – the destroyer of venom, Punya Pradayak – the bestower of boons, and Pap Nashak – the destroyer of sins.
The festival of Raksha Bandhan is set apart by bliss and energy particularly for young ladies and ladies. Arrangements for the celebration start well in advance. On the Raksha Bandhan day, the merriments begin by the sunrise. Each one gets prepared early and assembles for the love of the divinities. In the wake of summoning the endowments of the Gods, the sister plays out sibling’s arti, puts tika and chawal on his brow and ties Rakhi amongst droning of mantras. At that point she gives him desserts and blessings. The sibling acknowledges her offerings and pledges to deal with her and be close by in the season of need. As a token he gives the sister a blessing in form of a pretty gift! The family get-together itself is the explanation behind festival. Delicious dishes, desserts, endowments, sing and move and so forth. Any Indian celebration is deficient without this.
- Rani Karnawati and Emperor Humayun
The story of Rani Karnavati and Emperor Humayun is the most significant evidence in the history. During the medieval era, Rajputs were fighting Muslim invasions. Rakhi at that time meant a spiritual binding and protection of sisters was foremost. When Rani Karnawati the widowed queen of the king of Chittor realised that she could in no way defend the invasion of the Sultan of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah, she sent a rakhi to Emperor Humayun. The Emperor touched by the gesture started off with his troops without wasting any time.
- Alexander The Great and King Puru
The oldest reference to the festival of rakhi goes back to 300 B.C. at the time when Alexander invaded India. It is said that the great conqueror, King Alexander of Macedonia was shaken by the fury of the Indian king Puru in his first attempt. Upset by this, Alexander’s wife, who had heard of the Rakhi festival, approached King Puru. King Puru accepted her as his sister and when the opportunity came during the war, he refrained from Alexander.
- Lord Krishna and Draupathi
In order to protect the good people, Lord Krishna killed the evil King Shishupal. Krishna was hurt during the war and left with bleeding finger. Seeing this, Draupathi had torn a strip of cloth from her sari and tied around his wrist to stop the bleeding. Lord Krishna, realizing her affections and concern about him, declared himself bounded by her sisterly love. He promised her to repay this debt whenever she need in future. Many years later, when the pandavas lost Draupathi in the game of dice and Kauravas were removing her saari, Krishna helped her divinely elongating the saari so that they could not remove it.
- King Bali and Goddess Lakshmi
The demon king Mahabali was a great devotee of lord Vishnu. Because of his immense devotion, Vishnu has taken the task of protecting bali’s Kingdom leaving his normal place in Vikundam. Goddess lakshmi – the wife of lord Vishnu – has became sad because of this as she wanted lord Vishnu along with her. So she went to Bali and discussed as a Brahmin woman and taken refuge in his palace. On Shravana purnima, she tied Rakhi on King Bali’s wrist. Goddess Lakshmi revealed who she is and why she is there. The king was touched by Her and Lord Vishnu’s good will and affection towards him and his family, Bali requested Lord Vishnu to accompany her to vaikuntam. Due to this festival is also called Baleva as Bali Raja’s devotion to the Lord vishnu. It is said that since that day it has become a tradition to invite sisters on sravan pournima to tie sacred thread of Rakhi or Raksha bandan.
A CELEBRATION NOT BOUNDED –
The tying of a Rakhi is not limited to a sibling and sister. It could likewise be fixing by a spouse to her better half, or by a devotee to the Guru. This bond does not need to be between blood relatives – a young lady may embrace a kid as her sibling through the tying of a Rakhi. This custom fortifies the power of profound devotion, as well as rises above the limits of the family. At the point when a Rakhi is tied on the wrists of dear companions and neighbors, it underscores the requirement for an agreeable social life. This widens ones’ vision past the fringes of ones own family to the whole earth (vasudha) as one family – Vasudhaiva kutumbakam. People also tie to trees showing that they are family and need to be protected as well as they protect us in return by providing shade or food called ‘Vriksha Raksha Bandhan’.
As per Indian religous legend, Lord Siva is considered as the Father and Goddess Parvati as the Mother. The enthusiasts of the Lord are my relatives, and I have a place with all the three universes.
mata cha parvati devi pita devo mahaeswara
baandhavah siva bhakthascha swadesho bhuvana-trayam
माता च पार्वती देवी पिता देवो महेश्वरः
बान्धवाश् शिव भक्ताश्च स्वदेशो भुवनत्र्यम्
Of all, I feel army people are the foremost ones we need to tie rakhi to.
THE MESSAGE OF RAKHI –
Raksha Bandhan symbolizes the unmatched bond of love, care and respect. But in a broader perspective the festival of Rakhi (Raksha Bandhan) conveys an intrinsic message of universal brotherhood and sisterhood. Thus the festival of Rakhi conveys a message that has socio spiritual significance underscoring the need for nurturing of positive qualities, purity in thought, word and deed.
So to all the near and dear ones… A very HAPPY RAKSHA BANDHAN!
Wish You a Very Happy Raksha Bandhan to all..
Web – www.mangalphera.in
Facebook – http://bit.ly/2aLotIK
Instagram – http://bit.ly/2bfzuCf