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Rakhi Purnima

Rakhi Purnima is one of the few occasions that is celebrated in every nook and corner and almost every region of our country . On the eve of full moon night (Ekadashi), in the month of Shravana (July to August), masses pray to the Gods for their own protection or for the protection of their loved ones.

This day is mainly famous for Raksha Bandhan, i.e., celebrating the pure bond of love between brother and sister. Sisters tie a colored chord around the wrist of their brothers and pray for their protection and long life. It is one of the most auspicious festival in the Hindu household. This festival is mainly celebrated in North India and the Hindi speaking belt. There are several legends associated with the festival of Rakhi. The legends of King Bali and Goddess Lakshmi, Yama and Yamuna, Indra and Indira, Krishna and Draupadi, Alexander and Puru are just a few to name.
Shravana Purnima or Rakhi Purnima is celebrated in various parts of the country as different festivals. It is celebrated as Pavitropana or Putrada Ekadasha by the Gujaratis where they offer prayer to Lord Shiva on full moon (Ekadashi) for cleansing their past sins. People from South India (Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerela), Orissa and Maharashtra celebrate Rakhi Purnima as Avani Avittam. Avani Avittam refers to the Sacred Thread ceremony to mark the beginning of the spiritual journey of a Brahmin. In Central Parts of India, Kajri Purnima is celebrated on the occasion of Rakhi. Similarly, in Western India and parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Karnataka, this day is celebrated as Nariyal Purnima.



These are a few festivals that are celebrated with a lot of faith and devotion in our country on the day of Shravan Purnima. The day has been regarded as a very auspicious by the ancient texts like Puranas, Vedas etc. Women observe severe austerities on this day for the well being of their brothers and families. Men too pledge their lives for the protection of their sister's honor or for the well being of their family.

The day of Shravana Purnima is tribute a tribute to the strongly knit Indian family, to the love between a brother and sister. Finally this day is marked for the eternal blessings of God pour on us from heavens.

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