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Raksha Bandhan Rituals

Raksha Bandhan is perhaps the best religious festival of the Indian folks. An inseparable part of Rakhi are the Raksha Bandhan rituals. These Raksha Bandhan rituals are one of the most important part of Raksha Bandhan celebrations. These Raksha Bandhan rituals are that which makes the occasion unique from the rest. It is by following these Raksha Bandhan rituals that sisters pray for the secure and safe life of their brothers. The Raksha Bandhan rituals are that which has made Rakhi such a popular and favorite occasion for several Indians all over the world.

There are various kinds of Raksha Bandhan rituals in all parts of the country. Though some customs of Rakhi celebrations may differ, but there are many common Raksha Bandhan rituals which are found in all parts of the country. Amidst the spirit of festivity and fun, these Raksha Bandhan rituals are very sternly followed. On this day sisters tie a silk thread on their brother's wrist wishing them a safe life. It is surrounding this thread tying ceremony that all the Raksha Bandhan rituals are formed. However, the these rituals of Rakhi festival are conducted much before the day actually comes.

Before the day of full moon, Purnima, actually comes, sweets are bought. The Rakhis too are prepared before the day actually come. Since tying the Rakhi is the main attraction of the occasion, so it must be prepared in the best possible way. Thus, the Rakhis are prepared with a lot of time and patience so that they turn out to be attractive. One of the primary ritual of Rakhi is getting up in the early morning and bathing to get ready for the day's celebration. This practice would purify the body as well as the soul and prepare to to participate in such a pious occasion.

Next ritual in the list of Raksha Bandhan rituals is preparing the Rakhi thali. The plate should contain the Rakhi, the roli powder to be used as tilak, some rice grains, a diya and some agarbattis. This create the ambiance of the day. Firstly, the deities of the family are worshiped with this thali and then the sisters performs an arti of the brother. After the arti is over, the girls put a tilak on the forehead of their dear brother. While doing this they chant a sacred mantra,

“Yena baddho balee raajaa daanavendro mahaabalah
Tena twaam anubadhnaami rakshey maa chala maa chala.”

which means, “I am tying on your hand this Raksha, with which the most powerful and generous King Bali himself was bound; O Raksha, don’t go away; don’t go away.”

After this ritual gets over, they brothers give attractive gifts to their sisters and promises to be with her during all the troubled times. In spite of the various differences of these rituals in the various part of the world, the inner spirit of the festival still remain the very same.
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