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  1. The bonding between a brother and a sister is simply unique and is beyond description in words. The relationship between siblings is extraordinary and is given importance in every part of the world. However, when it comes to India, the relationship becomes all the more important as there is a festival called "Raksha Bandhan" dedicated for the sibling love.
  2. This is a special Hindu festival which is celebrated in India and countries like Nepal to symbolize the love between a brother and a sister. The occasion of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu luni-solar calendar in the month of Shravana which typically falls in the August month of Gregorian calendar.
  3. Meaning of Raksha Bandhan
  4. The festival is made up of two words, namely "Raksha" and "Bandhan." As per the Sanskrit terminology, the occasion means "the tie or knot of protection" where "Raksha" stands for the protection and "Bandhan" signifies the verb to tie. Together, the festival symbolizes the eternal love of brother-sister relationship which does not mean just the blood relationships only. It is also celebrated among cousins, sister and sister-in-law (Bhabhi), fraternal aunt (Bua) and nephew (Bhatija) and other such relations.
  5. Importance of Raksha Bandhan among various religions in India

  1. Hinduism- The festival is mainly celebrated by the Hindus in the northern and
  2.  western parts of India along with countries like Nepal, Pakistan and Mauritius.
  3. Jainism- The occasion is also revered by the Jain community where Jain priests give 
  4. ceremonial threads to the devotees.
  5. Sikhism- This festival devoted to the brother-sister love is observed by the Sikhs as 
  6. "Rakhardi" or Rakhari.
  7. Origin of Raksha Bandhan Festival
  8. The festival of Raksha Bandhan is known to have originated centuries before and
  9.  there are several stories related to the celebration of this special festival. Some of
  10.  the various accounts related to the Hindu mythology are described below:
  11. Indra Dev and Sachi- According to the ancient legend of Bhavishya Purana, once
  12.  there was a fierce battle between Gods and demons. Lord Indra- the principle deity
  13.  of sky, rains and thunderbolts who was fighting the battle on the side of Gods was
  14.  having a tough resistance from the powerful demon King, Bali. The war continued for a long time and did not came on a decisive end. Seeing this, Indra's wife Sachi went to the Lord 
  15. Vishnu who gave her a holy bracelet made up of cotton thread. Sachi tied the holy
  16.  thread around the wrist of her husband, Lord Indra who ultimately defeated the 
  17. demons and recovered the Amaravati. The earlier account of the festival described 
  18. these holy threads to be amulets which were used by women for prayers and were
  19.  tied to their husband when they were leaving for a war. Unlike, the present times,
  20.  those holy threads were not limited to brother-sister relationships.
  21. King Bali and Goddess Lakshmi- As per an account of Bhagavata Purana and Vishnu
  22.  Purana, when Lord Vishnu won the three worlds from the demon King Bali, he asked
  23.  by the demon king to stay beside him in the palace. The Lord accepted the
  24.  requested and started living with the demon king. However, Goddess Lakshmi,
  25.  wife of Lord Vishnu wanted to return to his native place of Vaikuntha. So, she tied
  26.  the rakhi around the wrist of demon king, Bali and made him a brother. On asking 
  27. about the return gift, Goddess Lakshmi asked Bali to free her husband from the vow
  28.  and let him return to Vaikuntha. Bali agreed to the request and Lord Vishnu returned
  29.  to his place with his wife, Goddess Lakshmi.
  30. Santoshi Maa- It is said that the two sons of Lord Ganesha namely, Shubh and Labh 
  31. were frustrated that they had no sister. They asked for a sister from their father who
  32.  finally obliged to their sister on the intervention of saint Narada. This is how Lord
  33.  Ganesha created Santoshi Maa through the divine flames and the two sons of Lord
  34.  Ganesha got their sister for the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
  35. Krishna and Draupadi- Based on an account of Mahabharat, Draupadi, wife of 
  36. Pandavas tied a rakhi to Lord Krishna while Kunti tied the rakhi to grandson
  37.  Abhimanyu before the epic war.
  38. Yama and the Yamuna- Another legend says that the death God, Yama did not
  39.  visit his sister Yamuna for a period of 12 years who ultimately became very sad.
  40.  On the advice of Ganga, Yama went to meet his sister Yamuna who has very happy
  41.  and performed hospitality of her brother, Yama. This made the Yama delighted who
  42.  asked Yamuna for a gift. She expressed her desire to see her brother again and again. Hearing this, Yama made his sister, Yamuna immortal so that he could see her again and again.
  43.  This mythological account forms the basis of festival called "Bhai Dooj" which is 
  44. based on the brother-sister relationship.
  45. Reason for the celebration of this festival
  46. The festival of Raksha Bandhan is observed as a symbol of duty between brothers and
  47.  sisters. The occasion is meant to celebrate any type of brother-sister relationship 
  48. between men and women who may not be biologically related.
  49. On this day, a sister ties a rakhi around the wrist of her brother in order to pray for 
  50. his prosperity, health and well-being. The brother in return offers a gifts and 
  51. promises to protect his sister from any harm and under every circumstance. The
  52.  festival is also celebrated between brother-sister belonging to distant family 
  53. members, relatives or cousins.
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