Celebration of rakshabandhan

Historical occurrences and mentions 1
1. Santoshi MaThe tale of the deity Santoshi Mata, and the narrative of her creation on Raksha Bandhan day, was popularized in the 1975 Bollywood blockbuster Jai Santoshi Maa. Ganesh had two sons, Shubh and Labh. On Raksha Bandhan, Ganesh sister visited and tied a rakhi on Ganesh wrist. Feelinand his two wives, Riddhi and Siddhi, for a sister. Finally, Ganesh conceded the demand and Santoshi Ma (literally the Mother Goddess of Satisfaction) was created by divine flames that emerged from Riddhi and Siddhi. .....
Historical occurrences and mentions 2
2. Krishna and Draupadi Another incident is from the epic Mahabharat and concerns Krishna and Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas. She had once torn a strip of silk off her sari and tied it around Krishna wrist to staunch the bleeding from a battlefield wound.

Krishna was touched by her action and declared her to be his sister, even though they were unrelated. He promised to repay the debt and then spent the next 25 years doing just that. Draupadi, in spite of being married to 5 great warriors and being a daughter of a powerful monarch, trusted and depended wholly on Krishna. Krishna repaid the debt of love during the Cheer Haran literally clothing robbing of Draupadi, which occurred in the assembly of King Dhritarashtra when Yudhisthira lost her to the Kauravas in gambling. At that time, Krishna indefinitely extended her saree through divine intervention, so it could not be removed, to save her honor. This is how he honored his rakhi vow towards Draupadi. .....

Historical occurrences and mentions 3
3. King Bali and Goddess Laxmi According to a legend the Demon King Bali was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu had taken up the task to guard his kingdom leaving his own abode in Vaikunth. Goddess Lakshmi wished to be with her lord back in her abode. She went to Bali disguised as a woman to seek refuge till her husband came back.
During the Shravan Purnima celebrations, Lakshmi tied the sacred thread to the King. Upon being asked, she revealed who she was and why she was there. The king was touched by her goodwill for his family and her purpose and requested the Lord to accompany her. He sacrificed all he had for the Lord and his devoted wife.
Thusdevotion to the Lord. It is said that since then it has been a tradition to invite sisters in Shravan Purnima for the thread tying ceremony or the Raksha Bandhan. .....
Historical occurrences and mentions 4
4. Yama and the Yamuna According to another legend, Raksha Bandhan was a ritual followed by Lord Yama (the Lord of Death) and his sister Yamuna, (the river in northern India). Yamuna tied rakhi to Yama and bestowed immortality. Yama was so moved by the serenity of the occasion that he declared that whoever gets a rakhi tied from his sister and promised her protection, will become immortal. .....
Historical occurrences and mentions 5
5. Alexander the Great and King PuruAccording to one legendary narrative, when Alexander the Great invaded India in 326 BC, Roxana (or Roshanak, his wife) sent a sacred thread to Porus, asking him not to harm her husband in battle. In accordance with tradition, Porus a Katoch king gave full respect to the rakhi. On the battlefield, when Porus was about to deliver a final blow to Alexander, he saw the rakhi on his own wrist and restrained himself from attacking Alexander personally. .....
Historical occurrences and mentions 6
6. Rani Karnavati and Emperor HumayunA popular narrative that is centered around Rakhi is that of Rani Karnavati of Chittor and Mughal Emperor Humayun, which dates to 1535 CE. When Rani Karnavati, the widowed queen of the king of Chittor, realised that she could not defend against the invasion by the Sultan of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah, she sent a Rakhi to Emperor Humayun. Touched, the Emperor immediately set off with his troops to defend Chittor. Humayun arrived too late, and Bahadur Shah managed to sack the Rani fortress. Karnavati, along with a reported 13,000 other women in the fortress, carried out Jauhar on March 8, 1535, killing themselves to avoid dishonor while the men threw the gates open and rode out on a suicidal charge against Bahadur Shah troops.

When he reached Chittor, Humayun evicted Bahadur Shah from fort and restored the kingdom to Karnavati son, Vikramjit Singh. Although contemporary commentators and memoirs do not mention the Rakhi episode and some historians have expressed skepticism about it, it is mentioned in one mid seventeenth century Rajasthani account. .....

Raksha Bandhan
7. Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters the festival is also popularly used to celebrate any brother sister like loving protective relationship between men and women who are relatives or biologically unrelated.It is called Rakhi Purnima, or simply Rakhi, in many parts of India. The festival is observed by Hindus, Jains, and many Sikhs.Raksha Bandhan is primarily observed in India, Mauritius and parts of Nepal. It is also celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs in parts of Pakistan,and by some people of Indian origin around the world.Raksha Bandhan is an ancient festival, and has many myths and historic legends linked to it. For example, the Rajput queens practised the custom of sending rakhi threads to neighbouring rulers as token of brotherhood.On Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother wrist. This symbolizes the sister love and prayers for her brother well being, and the brother lifelong vow to protect her.The festival falls on the full moon day (Shravan Poornima) of the Shravan month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar. .....
Traditions & Customs
8. A custom (also called a tradition) is any thing which lots of people do, and have done for a long time. Usually, the people come from the same country, culture, time or religion. If something is usually done the same way, you might say that is the customary way of doing things.The meaning of culture is similar to the meaning of custom. A custom is more about practices, while culture is more about ideas or a group of customs. A custom overall is just similar to culture and culture means the way of life of a people.Custom can also have a second meaning, as in Custom paint job on a car. This means paintwork that has been specially changed. Custom can also mean changed to suit betteraltered in order to fit somebody requirements.
On the day of Rakhi festival, the sister ties Rakhi on the wrist of her brother and both make prayer to God for the well being of each other. Sisters perform aarti and put tilak on the forehead of her brother. In return, brothers make promise to take care of his sister under all circumstances. Usually, brothers gift something to the sister to mark the occasion. The mirth that surrounds the festival is unsurpassed. Amidst the merriment the rituals are also followed with great devotion. .....
Preparation of Rakhi Festival
9. Generally, the fancy Rakhis and delicious sweets are prepared long before the Shravana Purnima. According to the Indian tradition, the family members get ready for the rituals early in the morning. They take a bath to purify mind and body before starting any preparations. Sisters prepare the puja thali which consists of roli, tilak, Rakhi threads, rice grains, aggarbattis (incense sticks), diyas and sweets. After offering the rituals to the deities of the family, the sister perform aarti of their brothers and ties Rakhi on their wrist. Then, they put kumkum powder on the forehead of their brother and offer sweets. All these rituals take place amid the chanting of the following mantras

Suraj shakhan chhodian, Mooli chhodia beej
Behen ne rakhi bandhi / Bhai tu chir jug jee

Which means The sun radiates its sunlight, the radish spreads its seeds
I tie the rakhi to you O brother and wish that may you live long.

After her prayer for a long life for her brother, she says that she is tie the ever protective Raksha to her brother wrist and chants

Yena baddho Balee raajaa daanavendro mahaabalah
tena twaam anubadhnaami rakshe maa chala maa chala.

This means, I tie you the rakhi that was tied to king Bali, the king of Demons,
O Rakhi I pray that you never falter in protecting your devotee.

In return, brothers pampers and blesses the sisters and promises to protect her from all the evils of this world. He also present a token of his love and affection as a Rakhi gift. The rituals performed on Raksha Bandhan may differ from place to place but they carry the same aura throughout the globe. .....

Clebration
10. The festival is celebrated in different forms in different areas and is also known by different names. As per traditions, on this day the sister prepares the Puja Thali with a Diya, Rice, Roli and Rakhis. She worships the Gods, ties Rakhi to her brother and prays for his well being. In return the brother accepts the love with a promise to protect her sister and gives her a gift. Traditionally, they then share and eat sweets like Kaju Katli, Jalebi, and Burfi. This festival strengthens the bond of love between the sisters and brothers. .....
Things to Know about Rakshabandhan
11. Shravan (pronounced shraavan) is the most holy month in the Hindu year. The full moon of Shravan or Shravan Purnima is the day of Raksha Bandhan, also known as Balev. Hindus all over the world celebrate this festival with great joy. We shall discuss the reason for this later. Raksha means protection. Bandhan means to be tied, to be bound. To understand the true significance of Raksha Bandhan, we must first know how it came about. Bali Raja, the demon king, greatly pleased Vaman Bhagwan by offering his head to step on.
Vaman Bhagwan then gave him a boon that Bhagwan Narayan will stay at his doorstep all through the year. However, when Shri Narayan failed to return to Vaikunth, Lakshmiji arrived at Bali doorstep. She then adopted Bali as her brother, by tying a raksha on his wrist. This pleased Bali, who allowed her to ask for a boon. She requested that he allow Shri Narayan to return to Vaikunth. Bali agreed. It was then decided that after Narayan stay of four months during Chaturmas, Shivji and Brahmaji would stay at Bali doorstep, each for four months. From this episode about Bali Raja, this day is also known as Baleva. Thus, Bali Raja great gift to Bhagwan is glorified in the shastras. So, in all puja rituals, pandits chant a shlok which praises Bali Raja while tying a nada chhadi (sacred thread) Yena baddho Baliraja, danavendro mahabala, Tena tvamabhi badhnami rakshe ma chala ma chala. I tie on you (the devotee) the raksha which was tied on Bali. Therefore O Raksha! Do not ever fail to protect this bhakta. Do not ever fail. The most important principle to understand and put in our life isjust as Bali Raja offered supreme bhakti by surrendering his own self and his kingdom to Bhagwan, we should mentally surrender our life to Bhagwan. This means to believe that whatever we do in life, it is to please Bhagwan and our Guru.We should not do anything which does not please them. Only then will they guard us and protect us from maya.Practical Rituals of Raksha Bandhan.On this day a sister will tie a raksha (rakhi in Hindi) on the right wrist of her brother(s). Before that, she will perform the following rituals of pujan, to show her love for her dear brother

Apply chandlo on his forehead, with kumkum, then with rice grains.
Place a flower garland around his neck, a garland which she will have made herself (girls who are old enough to use a needle and thread).
Place a whole sweet, usually penda, in his mouth.
Tie the rakhadi on the right wrist. In some communities, this is tied after the first or second step. In return, the brother then presents a gift to her. .....

A big celebration of patriarchal tradition
12. Yes, it happens in the Indian subcontinent every year. It is a big patriarchal festival celebrated by Hindus. Men and women of all ages, of all classes and of all castes celebrate Raksha Bandhan or the bond of protection. On this auspicious day, sisters tie a silk thread called Rakhi on their brothers .....
Poojan
13. Raksha Bandhan (the bond of protection in Hindi) is a Hindu festival, which celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. It is celebrated on the full moon of the month of Shraavana. Raksha means protection and Banthan means tying. This festival is between brothers and sisters, where the sister ties a Rakhi on her brothers .....
Mantra for Raksha Bandhan
14. 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 .....

Rakhi Thali
15. When it the time for celebrating the Rakhi festivity, enormous varieties of Rakhi thalis are available in the market. Decorated in a traditional manner, these Rakhi thalis resemble the thalis meant for performing pujas of the deities. The Raksha bandhan thali usually consists of a rakhi, diya, vermillion that is used to apply tika on the forehead of brothers, rice and sandalwood. Read on to find out as to how to decorate the Rakhi puja thali.

When it comes to Rakhi thali decoration, there can be a plenty of variations in the style of Rakhi thalis as well as the way they are adorned. If you go about hunting for Rakhi puja thalis, youll be awestruck by the mesmerizing designs that are finding their way in the embellishment of the Rakhi puja thalis. In the contemporary times, a great diversity is offered in the market, in terms of the material and styling of the Rakhi thalis, that a common man is bound to get confused thinking as to which one to shop for. Prefer going in for brass or silver plated rakhi thali, as it is considered to be very auspicious. In the heart of the thali, paint a Swastika, which is a symbol of Lord Ganesha. Buy three small size containers, one for rice and water, second for placing roli and the third for keeping a diya and an incense stick stand. Pick up a nice beaded rakhi that can further enhance the charm of your thali. Border your Rakhi thali using fresh flowers. If you want to place the sweets in the thali itself, then you can either keep them on the corner side or take a separate container and your rakhi thali is ready. .....

Rakhi Around The World
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  • Rakhi In Europe
    Rakhi is also celebrated with great zeal in various countries of Europe. It is celebrated by the South East Asian population residing here. People from different parts of the city gather at a common place at times to give festive touch to this occasion. As there are several people who live in these foreign states alone, they have developed brotherhood amongst themselves. Girls tie Rakhis to boys who are not their real brothers but their foster brothers.

  • Rakhi In Nepal
    Nepal is the only Hindu Country in the world. There are also many Indians residing in the country. So, in Nepal you will feel homelike on the Indian festivals like Rakhi. Very similar to India, in Nepal also people celebrate this occasion as a commemoration of brother sister relationship. The festival begins with the ceremony of tying Raksha Sutra on brother hand and comes to an end with feasting and family get togethers.

  • Rakhi In Australia
    There is also commendable Asian population in Australia. Most of them are Indian students and professionals. So, on the occasion of Rakhi, these people generally celebrate it by community gathering and feasting. In countries like Australia, where the native population is completely alien to any such festival getting Raksha sutra in market is a little difficult, so people preferably tie bands or bracelets around bother hand. Very much like European Asian community, people here also have the concept of foster brothers and sisters as most of the people live away from their family.

  • Rakhi In Gulf Countries
    The concept of Rakhi in Gulf countries is very new. Since, the time Indians have started moving in these countries for working in Oil companies and factories, they have also introduced the concept of Indian festivals like Rakhi in the Gulf culture. Though the native people do not celebrate this festival, the Indians here nake this occasion look like festival in their community. Many communities of Indian origin who do not have the Rakhi culture back home enthusiastically participate in this festival to increase warmth and love in their relations with the fellow Indians living abroad. .....
  • Types of Rakhi
    17. Rakhi Cards

    Sometimes it becomes quite impossible to celebrate the festival of Rakhi personally for those sisters or brothers who stay away from each other for varied reasons. There is a saying, .....

    The Message of Rakhi
    18. Raksha Bandhan symbolizes the unmatched bond of love, care and respect. But in a broader perspective the festival of Rakhi (Raksha Bandhan) conveys an intrinsic message of universal brotherhood and sisterhood. Thus the festival of Rakhi conveys a message that has socio spiritual significance underscoring the need for nurturing of positive qualities, purity in thought, word and deed. .....
    Rakhi Food
    19. Raksha Bandhan (the bond of protection in Hindi) or Rakhi is a Hindu festival, which celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. It is celebrated on the full moon of the month of Shraavana festival is marked by the tying of a rakhi, or holy thread by the sister on the wrist of her brother. The brother in return offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her. The brother and sister traditionally feed each other sweets. It is still celebrated today, and the brother and sister have to treat each other well for the day. As usual any festival is incomplete without good food.like Gujia Potato Samosa Khoya Peda Balushahi Banana Cutlet Cabbage and Carrot Bhujiya Rakhi Ghevar Kheer Milk Burfi Pista Sandesh etc. .....
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    Prevent Dengue
    Clear and Remove Stagnant Water. This is the common root cause of the building up of nest of mosquitoes. Check canals and scupper drains where stagnant water builds up. Avoid stacking water especially those that were used for washing clothes. Use the used water right away for cleani .....
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    Beauty Skin Care Tips
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    Chemical Peeling. Chemosurgery is commonly known as chemical peeling. It involves a number of chemical agents to treat various skin conditions like hyperpigmentation on the face or body, scars due to acne or wounds and fine wrinkles. Chemical peeling is a nonevasive t .....
    Bodyweight Exercises
    Calf Raise. From a standing position, slowly rise up on the toes, keeping the knees straight and heels off the floor. Hold briefly, then come back down. Aaaand repeat. Try standing on something elevated (like a step) to achieve a wider range of motion. .....
    Benefits of Carrots
    Cardiovascular Benefits. Carrots contain a variety of antioxidants and polyacetylenes which together provide a protective shield to the heart. Studies have shown that consumption of foods high in carotenoids lower the risk of heart disease. Besides being extremely rich in be .....
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    Healthy Leg
    Attention Action. By making these efforts a regular practice you will help your leg veins However, if you are experiencing leg pain, leg swelling, numbness, tingling, cramping, or see skin discoloration, ulceration or varicose veins, we encourage you to take the time .....
    Benefits of Ginger
    Health benefits of ginger root. This herb root only has 80 calories per 100 g and contains no cholesterol. Nonetheless, it composes many essential nutrients and vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5) that are required for optimum health. .....
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    riority service listing. Notify the local fire department, gas and electric companies and telephone company when home oxygen therapy is started. Request a priority service listing. This is for those times when there is a power or telephone failure or repairs are needed on an .....
    Best Beaches
    Mile Beach. Negril, Jamaica,Why it made our list Flanked by epic cliffs, its one of the longest and most beautiful beaches in the world. Although, its actually only SIX miles long, just so you know. Theres a Margaritaville right on the beach Kidding. Instead, hi .....
    Never seen Water Like This
    Kangaroo River New South Wales Australia. A long exposure captures the whirlpool action of this section of river in the Southern Highlands region. .....
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