The chaste bond of love between a brother and a sister is one of the deepest and noblest of human emotions. 'Raksha Bandhan' or 'Rakhi'
celebration is the festival to express this immaculate love by tying a holy thread around the wrist which pulsates with sisterly love
and sublime sentiments. It means 'a bond of protection'
On this day, sisters pray for long life of their brothers and ask God to bless them with his blessings. Brothers,
in turn, give them enticing rakhi gifts and promise to care life long.
The ritual is observed on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravan, on which sisters tie the sacred Rakhi
string on their brothers' right wrists. When a Rakhi is tied on the wrists of close friends and neighbors, it underscores
the need for a harmonious social life, where every individual co-exist peacefully as brothers and sisters.
How to celebrate Raksha Bandhan?
On the occasion of this festival sisters generally apply tilak to the forehead of their brothers, tie the sacred thread
called Rakhi to the wrist of their brothers and do arati and pray for their good health & long life. This thread, which
represents love and sublime sentiments, is called the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ means ‘a bond of protection’. The brother in return
offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her.
Mantra for Raksha Bandhan :
Yena baddho balee raajaa daanavendro mahaabalah;
Tena twaam anubadhnaami rakshey maa chala maa chala
Meaning- "I am tying on your hand this Raksha, with which the most powerful and generous King Bali himself was bound; O Raksha, don’t go away; don’t go away."