This falls on the full moon day of
the month of Sravan (August-September). It is an important
Hindu festival. Hindus wear a new holy thread and offer
libations of water to the ancient Rishis on this day.
Recitation of the Vedas on this great day is highly
beneficial. Raksha Bandhan festival is also known as
Upakarmam, and is specially sacred to the Brahmins who
have been invested with the sacred thread. When the
Brahmin boy is invested with this holy thread, Symbolically
his third eye or the eye of wisdom is opened. This festival
of Raksha Bandhan reminds the wearer of the sacred thread
of its glorious spiritual significance. Brahmins also
offer libations with water to their ancestors to whom
they owe their birth and to the Rishis to whom they
are indebted for their spiritual knowledge and the Vedas
themselves. The true Hindu never forgets his benefactors!
Rakshabandhan or Rakhi the more popular of the two
festivals is a Hindu sister's day when brothers and
sisters reaffirm their bonds of affections.
Sisters tie colourful threads or rakhis on their brother's
wrists. The brothers in turn promise to protect their
sisters and give them gifts. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated
in different forms in different areas and it is also
known by the names like rakhi, rakhri and saluno.
Rakshabandhan is a very special Indian festival, the
celebration of the special bond between a brother and
a sister. Sisters tie a special band on their brothers'
wrist on the day of Rakhi as a mark of affection. This
thread, which pulsates with sisterly love and sublime
sentiments, is rightly called the 'Rakhi'.
It is a way of telling your brother that you'll never
forget how he teased you about everything, yet fought
with those who spoke a single word against you and how
you bid him farewell with a smile, and only he saw those
tear drops in your eyes.
The practice of tying thread was prevalent among the
Rajputs and our history is full of instances related
to the significance of this tradition. At the time of
war when the brave Rajput soldiers prepared to go to
the battlefield, the women folk followed the ritual
of tying a thread around their wrist after applying
a dash of vermilion powder on their forehead. This was
considered a sign of good omen and the ladies believed
that it would protect their men from the enemy's blow
and bring them victory. Today children and women all
around the country filling the soilders with the zest
to protect them against the dangers of the enemy tie
Rakhi on the wrists of soldiers.