Google Search

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Rakhi In India - Raksha Bandhan In India

Rakhi in India is one of the most important festival and is celebrated with faith and enthusiasm. Rakhi festival in India is essentially celebrated by brothers and sisters and intends to strengthen the eternal bond of love shared by them. Rakhi is celebrated all over India and amongst all sections of Hindu society. Rakhi celebrations are however more prominent in North India.

Legends of Rakhi 

Number of legends are associated with the ancient festival of Raksha Bandhan. A popular legend of Rakhi from Bhavishya Puran narrates the story of Indra and Indrani. It says that once Lord Indra was facing reverses in battle against demons led by King Bruta. At this stage Indra sought help of Guru Brihaspati. The sage advised him to tie a sacred thread powered by mantras on the auspicious day of Shravan Purnima. Following the suggestion, Indra's consort Indrani tied the sacred thread on Indra's wrist on the decided time. The Rakhi helped Gods win the battle against the demons. From then on sisters' began to tie a Rakhi on their brother's wrist on the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan.

Rakhi Customs and Tradition 

There are simple but set customs and traditions for Rakhi Day. People wake up early and take bath to purify their mind and soul. Sisters along with the mother prepare festive food including a sweet dish. A sister then arranges the customary Rakhi Puja Thali consisting of Rakhi, Tika, Mithai, Diya besides other traditional puja items to carry out the ceremony. At the opportune time she ties Rakhi on her brother's wrist, apply tika on his forehead and perform arti of him. Praying for her brother's long life sister puts a sweet in bhaiya's mouth. Brother reciprocates by presenting Rakhi Return Gifts to sister and promises to guard her against all hardships in life. This simple Rakhi ceremony symbolizes and strengthens the eternal bond of love between a brother and sister.

Rakhi Celebration in India

In India, celebrations for Rakhi begin a month before the festival. Markets wear a festival look as colorful Rakhi stall mushroom in every nook and corner of the country. Brothers and sisters staying away from home start making plans for a visit to home. For them Raksha Bandhan is the time for family reunion. 

On the day of Rakhi spirit of the people is high and there is a general atmosphere of harmony and bliss. All family members gather and carry out the traditional customs of the day with joy and enthusiasm. Later, everyone relishes the best of food and have a good time.

Regional Significance of Rakhi

Auspicious day of Rakhi Purnima is celebrated all over India though under different names and with different set of rituals. In North India, the festival is popularly celebrated as Raksha Bandhan. On this day sisters tie a sacred thread of Rakhi on brother's wrist and pray for his long life. Brothers' bless their sister and present them gifts.Regional names of Rakhi in rest of India include Nariyal Purnima, Avani Avittam and Balev. Read on to know more about these.

Narial Poornima or Coconut Full Moon: The festival of Rakhi is also known as Narial Poornima or Coconut Full Moon. On Mumbai's famous beaches, coconuts are thrown into the sea to propitiate the Sea God, Varuna, who is the chief object of worship on this occasion.

Avani Avittam: Rakhi is called Avani Avittam in South India. This is the time of "upakarmam" and is celebrated in various ways all over South India. It falls on the full-moon day of the month of Shravan (August-September). Rakhi forms an important Hindu festival in South India. 

Balev: Rakhi is also commonly known known Balev. This festival has special significance among Brahmins as it is the day on which Brahmins change their sacred thread. On Shravan Sud 15 when the moon is in the constellation of Shravan the Brahmins, while changing their sacred thread, rededicate themselves to study the vedas and pursue spiritual upliftment.


pvahora said...

Wonderful writing here, really like to read blog like this i found many thing about Rakhi Gifts to India

Coach Factory said...

kate spade outlet, coach purses, louis vuitton, kate spade handbags, chanel handbags, coach outlet, burberry outlet, louis vuitton outlet stores, coach factory outlet, michael kors outlet, ray ban sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, coach outlet store online, true religion jeans, oakley sunglasses cheap, jordan shoes, michael kors outlet, louis vuitton outlet, christian louboutin shoes, louboutin outlet, gucci outlet, louboutin shoes, true religion jeans, oakley sunglasses, longchamp outlet, michael kors outlet, prada outlet, air max, michael kors outlet, nike shoes, true religion outlet, prada handbags, polo ralph lauren outlet, longchamp handbags, polo ralph lauren outlet, tory burch outlet, louis vuitton outlet, michael kors outlet, burberry outlet, longchamp handbags, michael kors outlet, nike free, louis vuitton handbags, tiffany and co, ray ban sunglasses, air max, louboutin

Coach Factory said...

ugg boots, hollister, canada goose, jimmy choo outlet, giuseppe zanotti, nfl jerseys, herve leger, asics running shoes, ugg, air max, insanity workout, celine handbags, reebok outlet, moncler outlet, rolex watches, timberland boots, iphone 6 cases, moncler, canada goose, babyliss pro, valentino shoes, marc jacobs, north face outlet, canada goose, ugg pas cher, bottega veneta, beats by dre, canada goose jackets, chi flat iron, baseball bats, north face jackets, moncler, moncler, uggs outlet, canada goose outlet, soccer jerseys, p90x, instyler, wedding dresses, canada goose uk, soccer shoes, mcm handbags, lululemon outlet, ugg australia, ugg boots, ferragamo shoes, birkin bag, ghd, mont blanc, new balance shoes

Coach Factory said...

sac louis vuitton, hollister, michael kors, ray ban sunglasses, mulberry, longchamp, timberland, nike huarache, louboutin, converse pas cher, nike tn, nike trainers, sac longchamp, nike air max, polo lacoste, longchamp, air force, nike roshe run, abercrombie and fitch, sac louis vuitton, vans shoes, polo ralph lauren, barbour, michael kors, mac cosmetics, hollister, nike free, sac burberry, air max, michael kors pas cher, hollister, nike blazer, sac guess, ralph lauren, hogan outlet, ray ban pas cher, nike roshe, oakley pas cher, vans pas cher, north face, north face, louis vuitton uk, nike roshe run, louis vuitton, abercrombie and fitch, lululemon, sac hermes, vanessa bruno, nike free pas cher, new balance pas cher

Mie Helal said...

Relevant!! Finally I've found something which helped me

Lamiss Ibrahim said...


" Motivational Video "

All Posts on this blog are the property of their respective authors. All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes.