Why do we celebrate Raksha Bandhan?
Some people wants to know that why do we celebrate raksha bandhan. Raksha Bandhan is a popular festival of India, and celebrates strengthening the bond of love between brothers and sisters and fostering brotherhood. The traditional Hindu festival ‘Raksha Bandhan’ (knot of protection) was came into origin about 6000 years back when Aryans created first civilization – The Indus Valley Civilization.
This festival is not a ritual, custom and tradition that can change over time but its style of celebration has become contemporary. It is the celebration of love amongst siblings. Since ages, Raksha Bandhan is being celebrated in the same way. All the traditions are followed with the same enthusiasm.
The festival is celebrated by both Hindus and Sikhs. It is thought that the celebration originated from the Hindu story about Indra, king of the lesser gods. The god Vishu gave Indra’s wife a thread to tie on Indra’s right wrist in order to protect him from the demon king Bali.
The festival is also called as Rakhi Poornima, Nariyal Poornima and Kajari Poornima in different states and is celebrated differently
How to celebrate Raksha Bandhan?
On the occasion of this festival sisters generally apply tilak to the forehead of their brothers, tie the sacred thread called Rakhi to the wrist of their brothers and do aarti and pray for their good health & long life. This thread, which represents love and sublime sentiments, is called the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ means ‘a bond of protection’. The brother in return offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her. Before tying a Rakhi on their brothers hand the sisters first tie a Rakhi on the Tulasi plant and the another Rakhi on the peepal tree asking for the protection of nature – Vriksha Raksha Bandhan.
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