Essay on Raksha Bandhan

Many festivals are celebrated in India with pomp and show.  

However, Raksha Bandhan is one festival that is simple in nature, but it has a great significance in the life of Hindu men and women.

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravan (July-August). It is also known by many other names, such as Rakhi, Rakhri, Lakhri, Saluno etc.

It is not exactly known how this festival came to be celebrated. There is a tale in the Puranas that once in the battle between gods and demons, the demons were winning. At that time, Indrani, the wife of God Indra, tied a charming thread around Indra’s wrist. With this, Indira grew very powerful and defeated the demons.

At present, it is a sort of sister’s day, when a sister ties a sacred thread, call rakhi, around the wrist of her brother. The festival symbolises the love and affection that binds sisters to their brothers.

On the full moon day of Shravan, a girl rise early. She takes a bath and gets ready in her best dress. By then her brother is also ready. She puts a rakhi and sweets on a plate. She sits before her brother and put a saffron tilak and daubs rice on his forehead. Then she ties the colourful rakhi on his wrist.

The brother, in turn, puts some money or other gift on the plate as a mark of his affection. No matter where a brother may be on this day, he must tie the rakhi around his wrist.

This may not be a very happy day for those sisters who have no brothers, or those brothers who have no sisters, but then, they tie or get tied rakhis and thus enter a sacred bond of brother and sister with other people.