Essay On Rakshabandhan (Rakhi Pournima)
India is the land of festivals. The holy festival of Rakshabandhan is celebrated with great enthusiasm and pleasure in India. Since it falls on the full moon day of Marathi month Shravan, it is also called Shravani Pournima. A small thread tied around the brother’s wrist by his sister symbolizes the blessed relationship between brothers and sisters.
Rakshabandhan has got its own historical importance. When Bahadurshah, the ruler of Gujrat attacked the city of Chitod, the widowed queen Karmavati got worried about the security of her kingdom. So she sent a rakhi to the Mughal Emperor, Humayun. Humayun valued her invitation and went to Chitod and saved the kingdom from the attacker.
According to another story, during the battle between Sikandar and Porus, Sikendar’s beloved tied a rakhi on Porus’s wrist and he promised that he would not kill Sikandar. Porus kept his promise and did not kill Sikandar during the battle. During the Mughal regime, women used to tie a rakhi to strong personals who would protect them against despotism. According to Jain epics, Vishnukumar rescued 700 sages from the imprisonment of Baliraja on this day. Thus, different stories are connected with this festival. They all represent the relationship between brothers and sisters.
The festival is celebrated throughout the country with great joy and zeal. Different kinds of delicacies are prepared. Sisters wave a lamp around the head of her brother and tie the rakhi around his wrist. They pray to God for his well-being and success. In return, the brother promises to protect his sister and give her gifts as a token of love. Sisters also send rakhi to their brothers through the post. Rakshabandhan symbolizes the divine feeling of love and affection between a brother and a sister. We should try hard to retain the holiness of this festival.