Meaning & Significance Of Raksha Bandhan
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The Meaning of Raksha Bandhan
Relationships are the essence of celebration
and it holds true for any Indian festival.

Each festival brings the family together
which calls for a total festive environment.
Raksha Bandhan is a celebration of one such relation - the relation of a brother and a sister.

The relation is no where so celebrated
as in India. Raksha Bandhan is a festival which celebrates the bond of affection between brothers and sisters.

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It is a day when the siblings pray for each others' well being and wish for each others' happiness and goodwill.
The name 'Raksha Bandhan' suggests 'a bond of protection'.

On this auspicious day, brothers make a promise to their sisters to protect them from all harms and troubles and the sisters pray to God to protect their brother from all evil.
The festival falls on the Shravan Purnima
which comes generally in the month of August.

Sisters tie the silk thread called Rakhi
on their brother's wrist and pray for their
well being and brothers promise to take care
of their sisters.

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The Significance
Raksha Bandhan is now considered as a day
to celebrate the sacred relation of a brother
and a sister. Yet there have been examples in history where in rakhi has just been a raksha or protection.
It could be tied by wife, a daughter or mother. The Rishis tied rakhi to the people who came seeking their blessings. The sages tied the sacred thread to themselves to safe guard them from the evil.
It is by all means the 'Papa Todak, Punya Pradayak Parva'
or the day that bestows boons and end all sins as it is mentioned
in the scriptures.
Previously, Rakhi festival encompasses the warmth shared between the siblings but now it goes way beyond it. Some people tie Rakhi to neighbours and close friends signifying a peaceful co-existence of every individual.
Rakhi Utsav was first popularized by
Rabindranath Tagore
to promote the feeling of unity and a commitment to all members of society to protect each other and encourage a harmonious Social life.
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In today's scenario, the day has a different
perspective.
The occasion involves a pledge of life-time
practice of moral, cultural and spiritual values.
The values and the sentiments attached to the rituals of this festival are orth inculcating by the whole human race, the sentiments of harmony and peaceful coexistence.

The festival of Raksha Bandhan assumes all forms of Raksha or protection, of righteousness and destroyer of all sin. The ritual of Rakhi tying has become so important that come what may, brothers
and sisters try to visit each other place on this particular day tin order to bring back the oneness of the family, binding the family together in an emotional bond of love.

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