The festival of Raksha Bandhan, popularly called Rakhi, Rakhi Purnima, Rakhri is mostly observed on the Sawan Masi Shukla paksha purnima tithi ( the full moon day) by people who follow Hinduism & is a festival of love and affection between brothers and sisters, or between anyone and anyone who care for each other.
What is Purnima Tithi ?
This day comes every month on full moon days according to Hindu calendar.
This day is sacred and is a special day of Bhagwan Narayan and Maa Lakshmi. It is reserved for special ceremonies.
The vidhi of Raksha bandhan goes like this:
Sisters go for a fast and do a series of pujas. And, finally, she ties a special thread on the wrist of her brother for his safety. Sisters pray for their brothers’ well-being. It can be tied to anyone. My cousin too ties a rakhi on my wrist. Her name is Anya and she is very cute.
So, what is Rakhi?
A rakhi is a thread of beads and sacred drawings which is tied on the wrists of brothers for their well-being.
Raksha Bandhan is a festival that has been celebrated by Hindus for time immemorial.
While tying Rakhi or raksha sutra, a mantra is chanted:
“येन बद्धो बलि राजा, दानवेन्द्रो महाबलः | तेन त्वां मनुबध्नामि, रक्षंमाचल माचल।।”
According to a famous historian : “On Sravana Purnima, Upakarma ritual is performed wherein Hindus change Yajnopavita or janeu.
In olden times, this was followed by visit of the people of the entire village or settlement to house of Brahmanas.
Then, the Brahman tied a thread called Raksika to the wrist of people.
This thread is an oath of protection. Sons tied it to their fathers, sisters to their brothers, brahmans to Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras. Even lovers to their beloved.”
Raksha Bandhan has been celebrated for thousands of years. It is a fantastic festival.
Let us continue celebrating it.