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The Divinity in Rakhi Celebrations


Raksha Bandhan celebrates the relationship between a brother and a sister. The sister ties a Rakhi thread on her brother’s wrist who vows to protect her. The brother presents a gift or some cash as a token of his commitment to his sister and both of them eat some sweets. Rakhi Gifts have been always been an important part of this celebration. The seemingly simple ceremony has several divine associations as well which make it one of the most loved of all Indian festivals.

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on ‘Shravan Poornima’ which is the day of the full moon in the month of Shravan. Shravan is considered to be one of the most holy months in the entire year in the Hindu lunisolar calendar. There are many Indian festivals that fall in the same month and this month also marks the beginning of a festive period that lasts till around four months in India.

There is a mythological story that is associated with the festival of Raksha Bandhan related to the creation of Santoshi Ma. Lord Ganesha had two sons, Shubh and Labh. On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, Mansa Devi who is Lord Ganesha’s sister tied a Rakhi to her brother. On seeing this, Shubh and Labh asked their father that they too wanted a sister so they could also celebrate the festival of Raksha Bandhan. Lord Ganesha conceded to their demand and gave them Santoshi Maa as a sister. Santoshi Maa tied a Rakhi to Shubh and Labh and they became happier than ever.

Another divine association with the festival of Raksha Bandhan is that of the story of Krishna and Draupadi. In the Mahabharata, Draupadi once tore off a piece of her saree and tied it on Krishna’s wrist to stop a wound from bleeding. Krishna was touched by her gesture and vowed to protect her whenever she would need him. He declared her to be his sister after this incident.

When a sister prays for her brother’s well-being and prosperity, she invokes divine blessings for her brother. The brother experiences the power of divine blessings and is reminded of them every time he glances at his Rakhi. Celebrate the special festival on August 7th in 2017 and send good wishes to your beloved brother or sister. Gujaratgifts.com presents an exotic catalogue for your gifting convenience to send Rakhi to India online.



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