In the month of Sravana(July/August), Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full-moon day. Depicting the love of a brother for his sister.
Raksha Bandhan is celebrated by sisters tying Rakhi on the Writs of their brothers to protect them from any evil influences. At the same time, praying for their long life and happiness. Brothers, in turn, give gifts as a mark, which promises that they will protect their sisters from any harm that may befall them.
“The bond of protection, obligation or care,” this expression is derived from Sanskrit, also devoted as the sacred verse of unity and as a symbol of life’s advancement and a messenger of togetherness. Rakhis being a lifeless gesture, portrays to inhabit holy feelings and well wishes. Famously celebrated in the Northern part of India.
History of Raksha Bandhan
Raksha Bandhan is connected way back from the Hindu Mythological era. According to which, in Mahabharata, also knows as the Great Indian Epic, Draupadi, wife of the Pandavas, seemed to had torn the corner of her sari to prevent Lord Krishna’s wrist from bleeding—hurting himself inadvertently, which created a sacred bond of brother and sister between them. Krishna promised Draupadi that he will always try to protect her.
Krishna, according to the 137th chapter of the Uttara Parva in the Bhavishya Purana, he describes to Yudhisthira the rituals of having Raksha(protection) tied to his right wrist by the royal priest (The Rajpurohit) on the Purnima(Full Moon day) in the month of Shravana according to the Hindu calendar.
This marked the beginning of Raksha Bandhan.
This sacred occasion is also found in the links of Goddess Santoshi and the relationship between Goddess Laxmi and King Bali fabricated in various such fables. The belief also follows that Lord Yama (The God of Death) and his sister Yamuna (River). That Yamuna tied Rakhi to Yama and bestowed him immortality.
It is also considered that this festival gained popularity after Rani Karnavati, the widowed queen of Chittor, sent a Rakhi to Mughal emperor Humayun when she needed his help due to the crisis she faced in her state.
In Medieval India, in some places, where women felt unsafe or in danger tied Rakhi on the wrist of men, which regarded them as brothers. This signifies the strength of Rakhi in any form. Lining it to the verge of emotional bonding.
How Raksha Bandhan evolved during the years
From mythology to ancient times, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated as the virtue to bind the bond between brothers and sisters and strengthen it. The tradition has evolved its disposition, no doubt. But, the values are still guarded and respected.
By exchanging gifts and celebrating this occasion with colorful attire with grand feasts, the ritual has become even more versatile than usual.
Personally, whatever be the stories or myths that revolve behind this occasion, it is celebrated with full enthusiasm but again with a hint of modern trends. The ritual of Rakhi does not contain to blood-related siblings. Its importance has now captured the entire nation influencing the globe.