Rakhi Purnima

Raksha Bandhan
1st Bhadra 1423 (18th Aug 2016)

Raksha Bandhan is a festival celebrating the bond of love between a brother and sister. It falls during the month of‘Sharavan’ on the day of full moon. On this day sisters tie rakhis made of threads on the wrists of their brothers for their long and happy life and the brothers vow to take care and protect their sisters.

According to legend, the festival of Rakhi has its roots in an incident from the Mughal period. Once Chittor was attacked by the King of Gujarat. Chittor’s Rani Kamawati sent a silken thread to the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Responding to the message of seeking protection, he sent a large army to help Rani Kamawati to defend Chittor.

On this day, brothers present gifts to their sisters and the sisters prepare delicacies for their brothers. Children fly kites in the sky. The day of Raksha Bandhan not only celebrates the bond of love between the brothers and sisters but it also signifies that love is not bound by the considerations of religion and community.

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