Today is Raksha Bandhan and it’s a Hindu festival celebrating the auspiciousness and bond among brothers and sisters. The term Raksha is synonymous with safety and Bandhan signifies bond. On this day, sisters are used to tying a thread or Rakhi on their brothers’ wrists while praying for the success and longevity of their brothers.
As a response, brothers take a pledge to protect their sisters. Generally, the opportune moment of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the Full moon day of the Shravan month. However, days might vary according to the moon’s waxing and waning. Is Raksha Bandhan only a festival among Hindus? Or, can sisters tie Rakhis on sisters’ hands? Let’s find out the significance, history, and progressed thoughts regarding Raksha Bandhan.
How did Raksha Bandhan Start?
Well, the root of Raksha Bandhan is situated in mythology. When Lord Krishna accidentally cut his finger with Sudarshan Chakra, Draupadi tore a piece from her cloth. And, she tied the piece of cloth around the cut to prevent the bleeding. This gesture touched Lord Krishna and he promised Draupadi to protect her from anything evil in the world.
When Kauravs tried dishonoring Draupadi, Lord Krishna came to her rescue. As a consequence of Lord Krishna’s blessing, the cloth or saree of Draupadi became endless. That’s how Raksha Bandhan came into the celebration pictures of Hindu. No doubt, it’s an enthusiastic celebration among siblings. Women tie threads or Rakhis to the idol of Lord Krishna, as well.
Raksha Bandhan is no more a Stereotypical Hindu Festival
The credit goes to the first-ever Nobel-winner among Indians, Rabindranath Tagore. It was 1905 in Indian history. When Lord Curzon, then Viceroy of India, planned the partition of Bengal to realize the divide-and-conquer policy among Hindus and Muslims, Rabindranath Tagore took a noticeable initiative. He urged Hindus and Muslims to tie Rakhis to each other to strengthen the solidarity and harmony among them.
A majority of Hindus and Muslims in Kolkata, Sylhet, and Dhaka followed Tagore’s request and tied Rakhis to each other.
Additionally, it’s Signifying Sisterhood
Raksha Bandhan is not only meant for sisters tying Rakhis to brothers. It has become a new trend where sisters can tie Rakhis to sisters and it’s wiping out the gender-bias concepts. It’s not only your brothers who you can trust lifelong but your sisters are also capable of protecting you from evils in life. No doubt, sisters can share their darkest secrets with their sisters and avail of the greatest help when in need.
Sisters might fight over cosmetics, party-wear, TV remotes, and so on, but they will remain besties for life. To show gratitude and respect to sisters, women are also considering tying rakhis to their sisters. Especially, when you don’t have a brother, it doesn’t mean sisters can’t celebrate sisterhood or their childhood memories through Raksha Bandhan.
Avoiding gender bias, numerous Bollywood celebrities have come forward and they are tying Rakhis to each other as sisters. Speaking of Kriti Sanon and Nupur Sanon, Taapasee Pannu and Shagun Pannu, Malaika and Amrita Arora, they are all celebrating sisterhood through Raksha Bandhan.
Sisters are the perfect match for backing up sisters with physical and emotional support. Let’s make this Raksha Bandhan special for brothers, sisters, and all the relationships that are tied with familial bonds.
Participate in the celebration with all the safety measures against COVID. Stay alert, stay safe! Wish you all a very happy Raksha Bandhan.