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Rakhi Thali

Traditionally, Puja Thalis are offered to Deities while performing the rituals of prayer. This thali is of brass, copper or simple steel and consists of holy elements like rice, roli, tika, incense sticks, sandalwood etc.

All these items play one or the other significant role while performing Puja rituals. It is believed that tika cleanses and protects the 'Agya Chakra'. The incense sticks help making the aura sacred and fit for praying the Almighty. The thali traditionally should be that of copper or brass. It is so because copper is known for its cleansing elements.
A Rakhi Arti Thali is not different from usual Puja Thalis. Rakhi is an addfitional element that is ther in a Rakhi Thali. Rakhi Thali preparations is one of main highlights of the rituals of Raksha Bandhan ceremony. To start with, the divine symbol of Swastika is drawn on the thali. The sign of Swastika is another form of Lord Ganesha and therefore is auspicious to be made before any new beginning. Then in tiny containers put mixture of roli and rice. If you want to give your Rakhi thali an ancient look, then place all the items in a beetle leaves and then put it in the thali.

You can decorate your Rakhi Thali in many ways. Using painting colors you can make floral, geometric or religious patterns on the thali. This way, your Thali will look colorful and all the more beautiful.



Another way to decorate your Rakhi Thali is to paste glittering zari, or colorful piece of cloth around it. A Rajasthani printed cloth will look exquisite on it. Instead of using zari, use lace or liquid glitters or else paste sequins. There are endless methods to decorate your Rakhi Thali.

Nowadays, Rakhi Thalis are sent by sisters to their brothers who are sitting far away from them a few days before the festive day. Markets offer Rakhi Thalis that consist of not only the items a traditional Rakhi Thali has but a gift for their brothers. Sending a Rakhi Thali to your brother will cost you between US $5 to US $20 depending upon where you are sending your Rakhi Thali.

Add magnificent colors of joy to your Rakhi rituals by indulging in Rakhi crafts like making Rakhi and decorating Rakhi Thali on the festival of Raksha Bandhan.

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