Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan

Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan (bond of protection) is a Hindu festival celebrated worldwide where Indians resides to maintain relationships between brothers and sisters. The Rakhi festival is also called Rakhi Purnima in many regions of the globe. We all know that India is a country where festivals celebrated throughout the year. The Rakhi festival is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs all over the world.

Rakhi also celebrated due to its own historical relevance. Most of rulers in the history of India were of Rajput community and the Rajput Queens were used to send the Rakhi thread to the neighbouring rulers as the token of the brotherhood for peace. In the history; Rani Karnavati, which was widowed queen of the great empire Chittor, sent a Rakhi to Humayun (Mughal Emperor of that time) for help in the war. The Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan festival ceremony organized by tying a Rakhi which is also called sacred thread by sister on her brother's wrist which indicates sister's love towards her brother and prays for her brother blessed for long life to protect and help her from all up and downs in the whole life.

The Rakhi festival falls in the month of Shravan according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar when the full moon day on Shravan Poornima. Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan celebrates by tying a Rakhi or holy thread on the brother's wrist and brother return some Rakhi-gifts for sister like envelope of money and sweets for sister etc. The modern Rakhi comes in many colors, designs and categories as satin Ribbon Rakhi, Floral Rakhi, Zardozi Rakhi, Rudraksha Rakhi, beads, sandalwood, bracelet Rakhi. The Rakhis are also specific as Rakhi for children and infants, Rakhi for sister-in-law or Bhabhi and many more Rakhi categories available on our Rakhi website.

Rakhi - The History

Rakhis historical occurrence occurs that Alexander's wife Roxana sent Rakhi thread to Porus for not to harm her husband in the war and Porus who was the king of Katoch gave respect to her emotions and when Porus was attacking on Alexander, he saw the Rakhi sent by Roxana on his wrist and restrained himself to attack on Alexander personally.

The Rabindranath Tagore's vision about Rakhi is slightly different. According to him, Rakhi is not only strong relationship of siblings but also it is a celebrated for humanity and mankind. His concept is to motivate the people for unity and harmony among all members of the society. He promoted that all the members of the society everyone must respect each other and protect each other with thread of Rakhi. He stated that the Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan is the concept of spread the feeling of brotherhood in every human being. He wanted to connect all the people of various religions in a single thread and brotherhood through the Rakhi festival. Rabindranath Tagore said if everybody thinks beyond the religion and caste than all the human beings can be connected with a prosperity and love through the Rakhi thread. The concept can be spread through the Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan celebration and by tying Rakhi to each other. Rabindarath Tagore started a festival by the name Rakhi Mahotsavas in which Rakhis tied to each other among neighbours and close friends. He also wrote a poem on Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan "Banglar mati banglar jal".

Rani Karnavati (widowed queen of Chittor) sent Rakhi to Humayun (mughal emperor) in 1535 CE and realized that she could not fight against the sultan of Gujarat and Humayun helped him to return the kingdom of Chittor to Karnavati's son.

Rakhi - The Mythical Occurrence

Rakhi was followed by Lord Yama (the Lord of Death according to Hindu mythology) and sister of Yama, Yamuna tied Rakhi thread to Yama and Yama declared that whoever gets Rakhi tied from sister and promised for protection, he will become immortal.

One another incident from Mahabharata, when Draupadi torn a strip of her silk sari and tied a Rakhi to Krishna's wrist to stanch bleeding from battlefield wound. Krishna declared Draupadi to be his sister and promised to repay.

Rakhi Purnima or Raksha Bandhan

The festival of Rakhi Purnima or Raksha Bandhan is eagerly awaited by Hindu women everywhere in the world. On Rakhi Purnima the girl or woman tie a sacred thread or holy thread or amulet in the form of Rakhi on her brother's right hand wrist, apply Kumkum tilak on forehead and perform the Puja also pray for good health and long life of his brother. All the brothers give Rakhi-return-gifts to sister as money envelope, saree, suit, jewellery, chocolates and sweets. The hindi word 'Raksha' means protection and it is a trust of all women or girl that his brother always protect and with her in all up and downs. The word 'Bandhan' means bond i.e. Raksha Bandhan means bond of protection.

Significance of Rakhi Purnima or Raksha Bandhan

The Rakhi day is most important day for Hindu sister and has deep significance of their love towards her dear brother when she remembers her brother especially when her brother lives far from her. Sisters send the colorful Rakhi for brother and the brother offers Rakh return gifts for his sisters. The Indian culture is full of festivals where people celebrates many festivals in the whole year and Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi festival is most important especially for Hindu women.

Rakhi- The Brother and Sister's Day

The Rakhi is the wonderful festival in Hindu religion especially for brother and sister. The ladies start preparation of Rakhi before a month by shopping the colorful Rakhi, Rakhi gifts, Puja thali etc. for his brother. Send Rakhi Online offers their Rakhi delivery services for sisters and brothers to send and buy online shopping of Rakhi and Rakhi gift hampers. Send Rakhi Online provides facility for all sisters to send variety of Rakhis online for her dear brother anywhere on the globe.