Raksha Bandhan, which is known as the sacred the bond of protection between brother and sister is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Rajasthan. Rakhi is a Hindu festival primarily observed in India and especially in Rajasthan, which celebrates the relationship between brothers, cousins and sisters. It is also called Rakhi Purnima in most of India.
The purpose of this thread is to denote the sister’s prayers and wishes for her brother’s wellbeing and good fortune for the future times. These threads come in many colors and designs. The brother traditionally gives the sister a present in return which can be money or other presents. The siblings also traditionally feed each other sweets during this occasion. In Rajasthan women make Rakhis for their brothers as well as sisters whereas in most of the places in India it is sold in markets.
The history of Raksha Bandhan is related with Rajasthan only as there are several stories about the origin of Rakshbandhan. According to a famous past history of Rakshbandhan it is traced to the medieval period. Rani Karnavati, who was the widow of King of Chittor, sent the holy thread known as Rakhi to Emperor Humayun when she felt that there was no hope of defending the kingdom of Chittor from the attack of Emperor of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah. Emperor Humayun accepted the Rakhi and started with his troops to defend her but before he reached Chittor, the war was over and kingdom was captured. Queen Karnavati committed suicide with a large number of women by consuming poison.
On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan sisters make delicious items for their brother like sweets and other favorite delicacies brother are also bound to gift their sisters and promise them protect from all obstacles and difficulties of life. It is not that Rakhi can be tied between the family members or among the relatives but anybody feels like bonding a relation of brother and sister then thay can tie Rakhi as this festival is above religion, caste and creed and this message of selfless love has been spread from Rajasthan to the country.
Rakhsha Bandhan Date in 2014- 10 august 2014