Rakshabandhan: A bond of Protection
Raksha means protection and Bandhan means bond. Traditionally, Rakshabandhan is a celebration of love, care and protection between a brother and sister. However, history has witnessed that this love and care was shown not only by brothers to sisters but by brothers to brothers, by sisters to sisters, by friends to friends, by sisters/ brothers to God etc. One can observe all kinds of Rakshabandhan in India. It unites the diverse nation, with all kinds of barriers broken by this thread of love. One of the reasons to celebrate this festival is well being of the women which the former President of India pointed out on the eve of Rakshabandhan in 2015.
As per the Hindu calendar, Rakshabandhan falls in Shravan month, the last day of Sawan month (rainy season). Sisters and brothers wear beautiful attires. Sister then ties a Rakhi on brother’s wrist. She puts rice (roli) and red colour on bothers forehead. Then she offers sweets to him. He then touches sister’s feet out of respect. The brothers pledge to protect the sisters in all circumstances and sisters pray for his good health and happiness. Rakhi reminds the brothers of their promises.
Rakhi Utsav was popularised by Rabindranath Tagore, the great Nobel Laureate, to promote commitment and unity by the members of the society irrespective of caste, creed, religion etc. He believed that this festival encourages a harmonious social life for all. He promoted it at his sanctuary Shanti Niketan.
It is one of the main events for Indians. They travel long distances to visit their homes and spent time with their families. There exist several stories that depict the significance of it.
One such story is about Roxana, the wife of Alexander who sent Porus a Rakhi to not to harm his husband. Porus on the battlefield restrained himself from attacking Alexander. He was defeated, but he won the respect of Alexander. Porus later not only got his kingdom back but he also was made governor of lands to the south-east. Such is the value of Rakshabandhan for one who respects and understands the tradition.
Rakhi has played a role in the freedom struggle too. Many women tied flower rakhis on hands of men who pledge their lives and dreams to the struggle for the freedom.This year it is on 15 August which is also the Indian Independence Day so it will be a double celebration for all. We feel that this will be a special Rakshabandhan for all who fight for our protection. Let send our love and respect to those who serve the country and protect us. #rakhitoprotectorsbyvritti
Vritti Designs has a remarkable way to celebrate this occasion. We understand that all of us are living in a busy world where we sometimes don’t have time for ourselves / family members. So Vritti Designs have come up with a solution which not only fulfils your demands, but it also meets your expectations i.e. Eco – Friendly Rakhi
We designed unique Eco – Friendly Rakhi with natural resources. There is a range of traditional rakhis which uses naturally dyed cotton threads, called kalawa, to string the basil beads (tulsi beads), red sandalwood beads, and the sun and the moon silver pendants. Basil (Tulsi) and Sandalwood plant are valuable plants used in the Indian rituals and customs. You will find numerous papers on the internet about the benefits of the plants.Our handmade threads are dyed with natural materials like onion peels, marigold flowers, madder roots.They possess medicinal properties, and when one wears them, it will pass on the benefits to him/her. Add value to your Rakhshabandhan by tying these Rakhis with love.
Stay Simple and Support Sustainability on this Rakshabandhan! Happy Rakshabandhan!
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