Raksha bandhan

December 3, 2007 RENU

It celebrates the bond betn a sister & a brother. Raksha means protection, bandhan means bond of love. Lord Vishnu to keep his promise to Prahlada his devotee that he would protect him, left vaikuntam & became his guard in his palace. Later Prahlada’s grand son, Bali becomes king. Lord Vishnu’s wife, Goddess Lakshmi Devi decided to bring him back. She went to his palace like a brahmin woman & requested him to let her stay till her husband returns to take her. Kind at heart, Bali agreed. One full moon day of Shravanamasam, she tied colored thread called Rakhi on Bali’s wrist as a sign of her affection & for his protection. Bali felt happy & asked her for a gift. She revealed e’thing, Bali realeased Lord, but requested them to visit his palace every year on the same day to have meal with him. Thus Rakhi festival began to be celebrated.

On that day, every one worships deities. The sister performs brother’s arti, put tilka & chawal on his forehead, ties rakhi on his wrist, gives him sweets & gifts. Brother accepts her offerings & vows to take care of her. As a token, he gives the sister a return gift & sweets. Family reunion, tasty dishes, sweets, gifts, song & dance.

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