Category : Heritage & Culture | Sub Category : Indian Heritage Posted on 2020-10-17 00:13:42
Raksha Bandhan, is a popular, traditionally Hindu, ceremony, which is central to a festival of the same name, celebrated in India, Nepal and other parts of the Indian subcontinent, and among human around the globe inspired and motivated by Hindu traditions. On this day, sisters of all ages tie a amulet, called the rakhi, around the wrists of the brothers, representing protecting them, receiving a present in return, and ethically sharing the brothers with a investment of the responsibility of their potential care.
Raksha Bandhan honour the pure bonding that live between siblings. It literally translates to bond and safety, is a celebration of this unbreakable connection that survive between siblings. No matter what the circumstances, the promise to always be there, to always protect. It is a celebration of the unconditional care and love that only a sibling can cover. The purest gift that siblings give each other, the festival is a time-honoured ritual of protection.
As most Hindu rituals, Raksha Bandhan is rooted in mythology and history. During the events of the Mahabharat, legend read aloud that when Lord Krishna accidentally cut his finger on his sudarshan chakra, Princess Draupadi tore a bit of her saree and tied it to his finger to stop the bleeding. Lord Krishna was so moved by this gesture that he vowed to always cherish and protect her.
In the modern interpretation of this ritual, the roles can go either way. The attention shifts from the religious aspect to a more playful exchange of gifts and a mutual understanding of peace, at least for a day! Sometimes rakhis are tied to elder sister if one doesnt have an older brother, sometimes rakhis are tied to friends and distant relatives especially in the case of single children. No matter how it is carried out, the essence remains the same, the rakhi is tied to someone who has been caring and nurturing towards you, always looking out for you, gender and relations are secondary.