Traditonally, Sisters tie a thread around the right wrist of their brothers, praying for their long life while brothers take a vow to protect their sisters.
Originally a North Indian tradition, Raksha Bandhan has become popular throughout India and the diaspora in recent days, cutting across class, caste, language lines.
Origins of Raksha Bandhan
Of special significance to married women, Raksha Bandhan is rooted in the practice of territorial or village exogamy, in which a bride marries out of her natal village or town, and her parents, by custom, do not visit her in her married home. In rural north India, where village exogamy is strongly prevalent, large numbers of married Hindu women travel back to their parents’ homes every year for the ceremony. Their brothers, who typically live with the parents or nearby, sometimes travel to their sisters’ married home to escort them back. Many younger married women arrive a few weeks earlier at their natal homes and stay until the ceremony. The brothers serve as lifelong intermediaries between their sisters’ married and parental homes, as well as potential stewards of their security.
According to Hindu scriptures, when demons or Asuras defeated the king of gods, Indra, his wife Indrani tied a sacred yellow thread around his wrist. Fortified by its protection, he went on to fight and win the war.
Goddess Lakshmi tied a rakhi on the wrist of demon king Bali requesting the return of her lord Vishnu who was guarding the door of Bali.
In Mahabharata, queen Draupadi once tied a piece of yellow fabric torn from her own dress on the wrist of Krishna to heal his injury. Krishna was so touched by the action that he proclaimed it made him her brother and he now had the responsibility to protect her which he did repeatedly in spite of her five powerful husbands.
Ritual and practice on the day
The common ritual is the bond between brothers and sisters. Women bathe in the morning and observe fasting. They perform puja. Then they tie rakhi on the right wrist of their brothers, cousin brothers as well as unrelated males whom they regard as brothers. They put a mark of rice and haldi on the forehead of the brother and perform aarti. The brothers give gifts to the sisters and they feed sweets to each other.
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Distance can do little to separate those who are linked by the heart. Sending you love and wishes on this special day. Happy Raksha Bandhan!
Thinking of you and all the memories we have created together on this special day. Happy Raksha Bandhan!
Happy Raksha Bandhan! To my biggest secret-keeper and my pillar of strength. With you as my sister/ brother, I don’t need much else
From the moment you were born to the day we die, our bond will remain unbroken. Happy Raksha Bandhan dear brother.
Even though we are not in the same city or country I will cherish all the memories we have created. Happy Rakhi, sister!
I found my best friend, confidant, advisor, all in you. Thanks for being by my side whenever I needed you. Happy Rakhi to you brother.
நான் சிறந்த சகோதரனை தேர்வு செய்ய விரும்பினால், அப்போது நிச்சயம் உன்னை தான் தேர்ந்தெடுப்பேன்.
If I want to choose the best brother, then I will definitely choose you.
என் வாழ்க்கையில் எல்லாவற்றையும் செய்ய முழு நம்பிக்கையையும், ஆதரவும் தெரிவித்தீர்கள். அப்படி சுதந்திரத்தை அளித்த நண்பரும் நீயே என் உடன் பிறப்பே!You expressed full confidence and support to do everything in my life. You are the friend who gave me such freedom and you were born with me!