Did you know that rakshabandhan celebrations differ from state to state in India. The land of festivals also takes pride in the way it celebrates them uniquely across each state based on the local beliefs and traditions.
The festival of eternal bonding and pure love between a sister and brother, Rakshabandhan, is no exception from this.
Unity in diversity – we witness this feature in every aspect of Incredible India. Beliefs, practices, customs, and traditions all reflect diversity but retain a single essence.
The soul of the ceremony lies in tying of rakhis by sisters around the wrists of their brothers and exchanges gifts with well wishes and blessing from brothers.
Fascinatingly, the festival also adds many numerous and diverse traditions in various Indian states along with this important tradition. Here we share with you such interesting Raksha Bandhan practices:
Marathis worship the sea on Rakhi Purnima. They offer respect with coconut offerings and thank the God Varuna, the God of rains and wind for his kindness. All delicacies prepared on this day on the Maratha land are hence made of coconut.
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana:
Rakhi Purnima as they call Rakhi, is the day when Telugu people discard their old janeyu, the sacred thread of Brahmins, and wear a new one. Hence, the Rakhi festival is also called Jandhyala Purnima in the Telugu states. A similar practice is observed in Uttarakhand too.
Another popular Rakhi tradition called Lumba Rakhi happens in Rajasthan. Here, the sisters tie Rakhi to their sisters-in-law too along with the brother. The practice goes by the belief that a wife is half part of a husband and hence deserves respect and importance just like him.
In a similar way, it reminds us that both the brother and his wife are responsible to ensure the happiness of his sister.
Bengalis celebrate Rakhi to signifying the bond of love between brothers and sisters, a sacred thread tied to brother’s wrist by his sister, in exchange for his protection. In 1905 Rabindranath Tagore choose the Rakhi, to signify the bond, unity and soliditory among all the communities in bengal to resist the partition of bengal. From this believe Bengalis celebrate rakshabandhan till today with a splendor manner.
Rakhi gifting is the most popularly practiced tradition!
There has been a significant transformations in the celebrations from the past few years. Many observe it as a way of expressing respect, love and dedication to the people they adore. They tie amulets or wrist bands to show eternal bonding for any individual, regardless of being brothers and sisters
Another fascinating fact about Rakshabandhan day is that it is the same day as Balarama Jayanti
Another Hindu Holiday that takes place during the full moon of Shravana is Balarama’s appearance day.
As described in scriptures followed by practitioners of bhakti yoga (yoga of devotion), Lord Balarama is the elder brother of Lord Krishna, who is worshipped as an avatar of Lord Vishnu in some traditions, and the ultimate form and source of the Divine in others.
As he is his older brother, and wants nothing more than to serve and make Krishna happy, Balarama is always guiding individuals on their journey to reestablish their forgotten relationship with Krishna. In fact, Lord Balarama is commonly depicted with a plough, which represents his role in making the hearts of devotees fertile so the seed of bhakti can blossom.
Just as a sister ties rakhi on a brother’s wrist on Raksha Bandhan to invoke his protection, devotees pray to Lord Balarama, the original older brother, to protect them from the vices of life, which obstructs the path of bhakti.
Irrespective of the Indian state, Rakhi is celebrated in a vibrant and memorable way.