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Significance of Rakhi

In the views of the Nobel Laureate, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Rakhi stands for the responsibility of all human beings to protect each other. During the Swadeshi Movement, he organized a Rakhi tying ceremony between Hindus and Muslims to encourage the spirit of brotherhood. Literally, Rakhi means the thread of protection.

The festival of Raksha Bandhan was not necessarily a brother-sister thing. In the Hindu mythology, Indrani, the wife of Lord Indra tied Rakhi on the advice of before he went to fight with the Asuras. But in the present days, the festival commemorates the chaste love of brother and sister.
The festival of Rakhi holds a special significance in the hearts of Hindus. Traditionally, on the auspicious day of Sharavan Purnima, girls tie Rakhi on the wrist of their brothers within a fixed muhurat decided by pandits.

Way before the Shravana Purnima, the market places are gushing with various kinds of Rakhis. There are a number of variety in Rakhis like, Zari Rakhi, jewelry Rakhi, Bracelet Rakhi, cartoon Rakhi etc.. There is also a wide variety of personalised Rakhi gifts for brothers and sisters are available to choose from. The trends of Rakhi may have changed but the sentiments attached to it are still the same.



Womenfolk of the household wake up early in the morning and perform puja after getting fresh. They fast till the completion of the all Raksha Bandhan rituals. They carry out arti from puja thali after tying their brothers the sacred thread called Rakhi. While performing the rituals, the sister prays to the Almighty of the long life and prosperity for her brother. In turn, the brother too takes the pledge of guarding the esteem of his sister.

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