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About Raksha Bandhan

The love between brother and sister is simply unique and is difficult to describe. When any one of them is in difficult, then other will definitely help him or her. None of them can see any other in difficulty. The relationship between siblings is extra-ordinary and is given importance in every part of world. However, when it comes to India, the relationship becomes more important as there is a festival called “Raksha Bandhan” dedicated for siblings love.

Raksha Bandhan: Meaning

The festival is made up of 2 words, namely “Raksha” and “Bandhan”. As per the Sanskrit terms, the occasion means “the tie of protection”. Where Raksha stands for “protection” and Bandhan stands for verb to tie. Together, the festival signifies the pure love of brother-sister relationship which does not mean just the blood relationship only. This festival is also celebrated among cousins, sister and sister-in-law (bhabhi), paternal aunt (bua) and nephew (bhatija) and other relationship.

When Raksha Bandhan is celebrated?

This festival is celebrated in Shravan month during full moon day or Purnima day. In 2022, this festival will be observed on 11 August.  

This festival reminds the brother that they should respect and protect their sister.

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Raksha Bandhan: Origin

This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Indian families and is to be celebrated by everyone. As there is a history of all festivals, Similarly there is a history of this festival. Let us tell you the history of Raksha Bandhan. 

Krishan and Draupadi: When Shri Krishna killed  Shisupala, his finger started bleeding. Then, to stop his bleeding, Draupadi, tore a small piece from her Sari and tied to Lord’s hand. In return, Krishna Ji promised to help Draupadi in times of trouble. 

Indra Dev and Sanchi: According to Bhavisya Puran, once there was a cruel battle between Gods and demons. Lord Indra- who was fighting on the side of God was facing a tough battle from powerful demon king, Bali. War continued for a long time and did not came to an end.

    Seeing this, Lord Indra’s wife Sanchi went to Lord Vishnu who gave her a holy bracelete made up of cotton threads. Sanchi tied that bracelete to wrist of her husband. Lord Indra, who ultimately defeated demons. Unlike present times, those holy threads were not limited to brother-sister relationship.

King Bali and Goddess Lakshmi:  As per Bhagavata Puran and Vishnu Puran, when Lord Vishnu won the three worlds from the demon king Bali. Then, Bali asked him to stay besides in his palce. The lord accepted the request and started living with the demon king. However, Goddess Lakshmi, wife of Lord Vishnu, wanted to return to his native place of Vaikuntha.

   So, she tied the rakhi on wrist of king Bali and made him brother. On asking about return gift, Goddess Lakshmi asked Bali to free his husband from vow and let him return to Vaikuntha. Bali agreed to request, and Lord Vishnu returned to his place with his wife, Goddess Lakshmi.

Reason for the celebration of this festival

This festival is observed as a symbol of duty between brother and sister. This special festival is dedicated to the love of siblings. On this auspicious day, sister ties a rakhi around the wrist of her brother in order to pray for his prosperity, health, wealth, and well-being. 

And in return brother gives some gift to his sister and promises her that he will always  protect her from all the evils of world. This is a lovely promise ceremony between siblings.

For amazing return gifts for your sister, you can click on – gifts for sisters.

Raksha Bandhan in coming years

Year Date Day
2022
11 August
Thursday
2023
31 August
Thursday
2024
19 August
Monday
2025
9 August
Saturday
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