Raksha means “To Protect” and Bandhan means “To Tie A Knot”; Raksha Bandhan is a festival that idolizes the relentless love, emotions and bond of a brother and his sister. Celebrated on Poornima i.e. full moon day of Shravan month of Hindu calendar, it is a festival where the sister ties a holy thread of love i.e. Rakhi to her brother.
There are numerous legends associated with Raksha Bandhan
- It is said that Lord Indra’s wife Queen Sachi i.e. Indrani tied a thread / raksha sutra with mantras on Dev Brihaspati wrist which helped them attain victory.
- There is another saying in Mahabharata that when Lord Krishna cut his finger and was bleeding, Draupadi tore a piece of cloth from her saree to tie it around his finger. It is said that this was one of the reasons why he saved her during the vastraharan in chaupad by Kauravas.
- One of the most significant one is said to be, when twice Shershah Suri attacked Mewar, Rani Karnavati of Chittaur sent a rakhi and a letter to seek help and protection from the Mughal Emperor Humayun. As he had promised her to protect her and her husband, he immediately left the battle and rushed to protect them.
A sister applies red tilak on the forehead of her brother. After which she ties the rakhi and offers him sweets as a sign of sweet memories. The brother in turn as a gesture of his love gives his sister cash or gifts something of her choice.
Lumba: Traditionally Rajasthanis follow the custom of tying a Lumba to the wife of the brother i.e. Bhabhi who is considered as ones brothers “Ardhangini” i.e. his better half. It is also noticed that sisters tie lumba to each other. Rajsthanis also believe that the sister ties a rakhi and lumba to her nephew and niece.
As we all may know that Rakhi is on the 7th August this year that isn’t too far, we at Velvetcase have handpicked some fancy Rakhis that could make your brother’s day special. Well, that isn’t it! The sisters could match their jewellery to their brothers Rakhi or our Rakhi collection can make the perfect gift for your sister.
Message-based Rakhis and Rakhi Gifts
Religious & Symbolic
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