Happy Raksha Bandhan 2022 | Significance And Legend

What is the significance of Raksha Bandhan?

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Raksha Bandhan is one of the prominent festivals in India. It is mainly celebrated by the Hindus that's why it is known as a Hindu festival as well. But people from other communities and religions who consider its significance also celebrate this festival.

The literal meaning of Raksha Bandhan

The literal meaning of Raksha Bandhan is (Raksha) protect, (Bandhan) Bond, the bond of protection.

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated every year on the full moon (Purnima) of the month of August (Sawan) for the Hindu calendar. On this specific day, the sisters tie Rakhi to the wrist of their brothers and instead of it the sisters receives gifts from their brothers. It is very simple to describe its way of celebration but the significance and legend both are unique.

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The Significance of Raksha Bandhan

Rakhi is the festival in which a sister ties a Rakhi (Bracelet) on her brother's wrist with the wish that the Rakhi would protect her brother lifelong, in each and every adverse situation and the brother vows to protect her sister her whole life.

Although it is said that Raksha Bandhan is a festival of siblings but it is a half-truth. Because Rakhi is tied not only to the wrist of a Sibling but also to cousins' brothers.

Sometimes a Rakhi is tied to the wrist of those brothers who are considered like siblings. 

A sister is tieing Rakhi to the wrist of her brother

The people of India are unique that's why their thoughts, manners, and expression of love and belongingness are also unique. Therefore sometimes grandmothers tie Rakhis on the wrist of their grandsons to express their inner love and affections.

Sometimes two sisters also tie Rakhi among themselves when they have no brother. And sometimes unknown and unnamed relationships are also given a new name and identity by tieing a Rakhi on this specific festival.

The significance of this festival is beyond our thoughts and words that can't be described within a few words and sentences. The range of its importance is above all traditions and Customs. Even though it's a festival of brothers and sisters but it has the ability to tie many relationships in its bright and small thread.

Princess Draupadi tieing Rakhi on the wrist of Lord Krishna in Mahabharat ( a series)

The Legend 

The legend behind Raksha Bandhan makes it more unique and beautiful. It is said that in the 'Treta Yug' when Lord Vishnu had the incarnation of Krishna at the same time princess Draupadi rose from fire.

One day when Krishna got angry and released his wheel (Sudarshan Chakra) to kill at the same time his finger also got scratched and started bleeding then quickly princess Draupadi took tore her saree from one side and took out a piece and tied it on the finger of Lord Krishna to stop the bleeding. That's when Shri Krishna promised her that he would protect her from all troubles for the rest of her life. From that time the festival of Raksha Bandhan started. 

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There is one more Legend that is famous about Raksha Bandhan. In Olden times when the soldiers used to go to the war, their sisters tied Rakhi on the wrist of their brothers and applied Tilak on their forehead with the belief that the Rakhi would protect them from every problem. That's why every year all the sisters celebrate this beautiful festival.

Raksha Bandhan is not a festival of rituals but it is the festival of love, affections, belief, and belongingness.

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