Rakhi: The thread that binds, protects

Raksha Bandhan is a bond between a brother and his sister where the brother vows to take care of his sister(s) come what may.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 4, 2014 3:24 am
rakhi_m Quest asked students of Delhi schools the significance of Raksha Bandhan.

Greetings of the day to one and all! Let’s observe the words closely before proceeding further. ‘Raksha’ means to protect, ‘Bandhan’ means bond. So it is a bond between a brother and his sister where the brother vows to take care of his sister(s) come what may. India as we know has a rich cultural heritage. Raksha Bandhan is one of the most joyous festivals celebrated all over India as a mark of respect for the brother-sister relationship. The day begins with puja and the sister ties a rakhi, a colourful thread, on the wrist of her brother and blesses him with long life and happiness. In turn the brother blesses the sister and vows to take care of her throughout her life, which amazingly stretches beyond her marriage too. The thread draws a connection through and through and ties the siblings in infinite love that knows no boundaries. It is a strange phenomenon where a sister takes for granted that she will have a protected life in the presence of her brother. And surprisingly, the brother too takes it on himself to be responsible for his sister and her doings.

I am proud to be an Indian where the concept of joint family system is prevalent till date. The love showered on children by brothers/sisters/parents/grandparents is amazing and I have always felt very secure amidst my family. I strongly believe that they will stand by me through thick and thin and I know my brother will remain my guardian angel throughout my life.
God bless all brothers!!

Happy Raksha Bandhan to one and all. May this thread of love grow stronger each day.

Akriti Kaul, XII-A,
Maxfort School, Rohini

A sibling may be the keeper of one’s identity, the only person with the keys to one’s unfettered, more fundamental self. Traditionally, Raksha Bandhan is a festival to celebrate the brother-sister relationship. But according to history, the significance of rakhi is not limited to only brothers and sisters. It served as a bond of protection and could be tied by wife, mother or daughter. Rishis also used to tie rakhi to people who came for their blessings. Some people also used to tie rakhi to their neighbours and friends to have a peaceful relationship. Rabindranath Tagore was the first person who popularised the Rakhi Utsav and promoted feeling of commitment and unity. So, Raksha Bandhan is a day to reaffirm faith in all forms of protection and is a destroyer of all sins. On this day, brothers and sisters try to visit each other personally and show their love towards each other. The day highlights the importance of siblings. The whole essence of celebrating the festival is to inculcate the importance of love and affection between brothers and sisters.

Aayushi Seth, XII-C,
Maxfort School, Rohini

The festival Raksha Bandhan celebrates the love and bonding of brothers and sisters. On Shravan Purnima, sisters tie the sacred thread rakhi on their brothers’ wrists and pray for their well-being while the brothers pledge to protect their sisters. In ancient days, Rajput queens sent rakhis as a ‘bond of protection’ to other rulers. Rakhi has preserved our tradition and values. I celebrate Raksha Bandhan with my little brother Eashan. My rakhi was cheerless before Eashan was born.

Tisya Sharan,
Bal Bharati Public School, Sir Ganga Ram Marg

Raksha bandhan as the name signifies is a bond of ‘raksha’ or ‘protection’. It’s a bond of love between brother and sister where the sister ties a holy thread of love called rakhi on brother’s wrist asking for her protection and the brother promises to always protect her from all evils of the world by representing gifts as token of love.

Tanvi Kapoor,
Bal Bharati Public School, Sir Ganga Ram Marg

A brother is like a candle who burns himself to give light to his sisters. Every year when this festival comes it brings a big smile to my face. I am a single child. I had always wanted a young brother who can protect me, miss me, love me and make me laugh whenever I would be sad. Every year, I tie this knot of love to someone in need of love and care. There is a poor boy who lives near my house. I always tie him rakhi and give him sweets. What I get as a return gift is priceless — I get love, affection and a lovely little smile on his face. That is all which makes me eagerly await the day every year. Love is the binding force of this world, we should do all we can to foster and protect it. Happy Raksha Bandhan.

Ishita Gupta, X-C,
DPS, Rohini

India is a nation with rich cultural diversities. Raksha Bandhan changes the monotony of life. It is one festival which is full of affection, fraternity and sublime sentiments. It spreads love, care, affection and the sacred feelings of brotherhood. On this occasion, brothers take the pledge to protect their sisters and they exchange gifts to show their love as it also serves as a reminder of their togetherness. The festivals of India are our pride. Moreover, they symbolise India’s rich cultural heritage.

Namrata Kukreja,
DPS, Rohini

The chaste bond of love between a brother and sister is one of the deepest and the purest of human emotions. Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan means ‘bond of protection’. Raksha Bandhan is one such festival that is all about affection, fraternity and sublime sentiments. Rakhi signifies an unconditional emotional bonding in which a holy thread of love is tied around the wrist. The day pulls siblings together. The joyous meeting, family get-together and feeling of brotherhood and sisterhood call for a massive celebration. Rakhi symbolises a sister’s love and prayer for her brother’s well-being and the brother’s life-long vow to protect her.

Chehak Tayal,
DPS, Rohini

Relationship of a brother and sister is the most amazing and loving relationship. Raksha Bandhan is one of the most popular festivals of India. It is based on the love and emotional ties that bind a brother and sister in a very close bond. Raksha Bandhan falls during the month of Shravan on the day of full moon. On this day, all sisters wear new clothes and decorate the puja thali with rakhi, tilak, rice, diya, coconut and sweets. They put tika on brothers’ forehead and tie rakhi on their brothers’ wrist. Brothers give gifts to sisters with the promise that he will be always there to protect her. Raksha Bandhan is a festival of joy. I like this festival very much. I have a sister, who is five years old. She always brings a rakhi with a cartoon character and my favourite chocolates for me. After that, she demands a gift from me. I always give her a gift. We enjoy the day together. I will take care of her always. Every brother and sister wait for the day eagerly.

Aditya Rohit,
bal bharti public school, Sir ganga ram hospital marg, pusa road

Rakhi is a festival of togetherness between my sister and I. On this day my sister ties a thread of love on my wrist and expresses her love for me. My sister prepares the puja thali with diya roli, chawal and sweets and not forgetting my favorite rakhi for me. My sister prays for my long life. I also promise to protect her and take care of her always. We are twins and share a strong bond of affection. She chants mantra, applies tikka on my forehead and ties the rakhi. I give her her favorite gift and I pray to God for her happiness. I pray to God that we always celebrate this festival together.

Lakshay Chandna,
bal bharti public school, Sir ganga ram hospital marg, pusa road

India is known for her colorful festivals and celebrations. The significance of India’s festival varies with each occasion. One of the festivals celebrated in India is Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi. It is a Hindu festival celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Shravan (July-August). The festival of Raksha Bandhan symbolises love, affection and the feeling of brotherhood. Traditionally, during this festival, sisters tie a rakhi around their brothers’ wrists to celebrate their relationship of love. A rakhi is a bracelet made of colourful silken threads entwined together in an attractive manner. When a woman ties a rakhi to a man, it becomes obligatory for him to honour his religious duty to protect her. The protection offered by a rakhi is believed to last for a year. Rakhi Purnima originated when Indrani, wife of Lord Indra, prepared a talisman, which she tied on her husband’s wrist on ‘Shravan Purnima’ to win the battle against the demons. This practice was prevalent among the Rajputs and our history is full of instances related to the significance of this tradition. This is how the festival of Rakhi is celebrated all over India.

Tejaswini Singhal,
Delhi Public School, Rohini

A brother and sister’s relationship is the most unique relationship. It’s seriously a bond, like James Bond. It is adventurous, fun, you fight irrespective of your age but when the time comes you are ready to sacrifice anything and everything for each other. You may never try to understand each other in daily life but the truth is your brother or sister understands you the best. One is lucky to have such a relationship and it’s not necessary that all brother-sister relationships should be blood relations. You make some heart relations too like in school or college. However, I am happy to have my brothers in my life and I have realised that I am not the perfect sister, neither are my brothers perfect and maybe that’s the reason we are just meant to be. Love you brothers.

Gauri Arora, XII-D,
Amity International School, Sector-46, Gurgaon

The chaste of bond of love and affection between a brother and sister is one of the deepest and noblest of human emotions. The loving occasion of Raksha Bandhan is the best time to recollect the happy memories spent together. Rakhi is not just a thread but it is a mark of love and affection towards our brothers. It’s a bond which protects the brother from every evil. On this auspicious day, all the sisters can thank their brothers for their constant support and help. My brother is like a mentor, a teacher, an instructor and a guardian who encourages me in the toughest time and makes me aware of the hurdles in the way of life. He holds my hand during the darkest days. He is there for me during the toughest times. He is like a road which leads me on the right path. He loves me like an angel and scolds me like a teacher. I love him very much and pray for his good health and an enjoyable life ahead in which he can fulfill all his dreams.

Gauri Gupta, X-A,
St Francis De Sales School, Janakpuri

Raksha Bandhan is the celebration of eternal love and affection between a brother and a sister. It is a knot that ties them together for life. On this day a brother vows to protect his sister from all the evils throughout her life. The celebration starts when a sister ties a sacred thread (rakhi) around her brother’s wrist and says a little prayer. They embrace each other following which brother gives her a gift. This expression of love and connection starts when they are kids and goes on forever. Wherever the sister might be, she never forgets to send a rakhi to her brother, by post or by whatever means. Even after they grow up, get married and have their own families, they continue to express the bond. At home, we all look forward to this festival every year. I tie a rakhi on my brother’s wrist, my mother ties on her brothers’ wrists, my aunt ties on my father’s and like that it goes on the whole day. Listening to your brother take a pledge for your protection is almost like a fairytale. But, the best part of the ceremony is receiving gifts from your brother! In the evening we have a gala dinner where all our relatives are present; love and affection between brothers and sisters fills the air.

Saba Qadri, IX-B,
Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan

Raksha Bandhan is a sacred festival embellished with a sister’s love and affection for her brother. On the day of Raksha Bandhan, the sister ties a rakhi on her brother’s wrist and the brother takes the responsibility of protecting his sister and standing by her the rest of their lives. The thread that the sister ties is said to be even stronger than an iron chain. It is also said that the bond that is created between the brother and sister cannot be subdued. Raksha Bandhan is a divine festival, a thread of love.

Roshni Srivastava, VII-A,
Amity International School, Pushp Vihar,Sector-7, Saket

One of the most widely celebrated festivals in India, Raksha Bandhan honours the bond of love between a brother and a sister, which is the deepest of all human emotions. However today, rakhi is not only celebrated among brothers and sisters but also among different members of society. Rabidranath Tagore popularised this idea of spreading love and harmony among mankind. Rakhi is now seen as a medium to bring joy into others’ lives, and also ours.

Stuvi Jain,
Amity International School, Pushp Vihar

Promise and love — that’s what it takes really to create any beautiful relationship. A simple colourful thread, when tied on the wrist of a brother, creates an unbreakable bond. Waiting eagerly every year for Raksha Bandhan, a sister pours her love, affection and belief that her brother will be always by her side, no matter what, often uniting even strangers of different religions, caste and creed.

Unnati agarwal,
Amity International School, Noida, Sector-44

Raksha Bandhan, just as the name suggests, celebrates the ‘bond of protection’. The festival is celebrated in India by Hindus, other communities and also in many parts of the world. It is rightly said that a world may turn their face away but a sister would always remain by her brother’s side. Rakhi is a symbol of love, peace and brotherhood and divinity.

Shikhar Juneja,

X-F, St Mark’s Sr Sec Public School, Meera Bagh

I can never forget the first time when I tied a rakhi on my baby brother’s wrist and he stared at me with his almond-shaped eyes, giggling and smiling. That day to this one, I realise how lucky it is to have a brother like him. Over these years, we have learned to irritate each other, fight with and for each other, tease each other, support, help and most of all, love each other.
I believe, there exists no specific pair of letters to describe even the sliver of the bond we share. Each year, with ever increasing love and enthusiasm, I tie the pious thread of love — rakhi and he, as always, giggles and smiles! We run around everywhere with either of us holding the large tray of sweets and not letting the other one to even taste it. It’s because of him that I feel the truest essence of love, care and affection. I love him for all he was, all he is and all he is yet to be.

Riya Nagpal, X-F,
St Mark’s Sr Sec Public School, Meera Bagh

Raksha Bandhan is a very auspicious festival among Hindus and is celebrated on the full moon day of Shravan month. The festival celebrates the love and duty between a sister and her brother. Through this festival, the brother-sister bondage is strengthened. The bond between a sister and her brother is the most noble emotion on earth.

Aaishwarya alex,
St Francis De Sales School, Janakpuri

The festival of Raksha Bandhan is entirely dedicated to the love and affection shared between a brother and a sister. Brothers and sisters become inseparable by this precious thread.

Pratham Chauhan, Class-VII,
ASN Sr Sec School

India is a land of many festivals. One of the most auspicious festivals is Raksha Bandhan, which defines the bond of love and trust between a brother and sister. On this day, the sister ties a piece of band on her brother’s wrist, seeking his protection and good wishes. The brother in return promises protection and gifts her a box of sweets.

Rajashree Pati, VIII-B,
ASN Sr Sec School

The chaste bond of love between a brother and a sister is one of the deepest and noblest of human emotions. Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is a special occasion to celebrate this emotional bonding by tying a holy thread around the wrist. This thread, which pulsates with sisterly love and sublime sentiments, is rightly called the rakhi. It means a bond of protection and Raksha Bandhan signifies that the strong must protect the weak from all that’s evil.

Rakhis are ideally made of silk with gold and silver threads, beautifully crafted embroidered sequins, and studded with semi-precious stones. This ritual not only strengthens the bond of love between brothers and sisters, but also transcends the confines of the family. When a rakhi is tied on the wrists of close friends and neighbours, it underscores the need for a harmonious social life, where every individual co-exist peacefully as brothers and sisters. All members of the community commit to protect each other.

Surbhi Pahwa,
Amity International School, Pushp Vihar

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