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Decoding The Rituals Of Raksha Bandhan: What Makes This Thread So Powerful

Posted by: Madhulagna Banerjee Posted on: 14th January, 2020

Raksha. Protection.

A term associated with the power of being able to ensure that an individual or belonging is safe from everything evil.

But our mind conditioned to scientific reasoning makes us wonder how can a thread, yes something as little as a thread, ensure the protection of a being? The beliefs of a huge majority of the nation’s sisters, however, is not an unconditional and irrational clause that they have been following blindly.

Today, thus we at Shree, thought to decode the scientific perspective of the rituals associated with the occasion of Raksha Bandhan and what makes this one thread so integral!

Through, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated with a variant of names all over the nation, the rituals followed are close.

The sisters initially prepare the thali. The Rakhi Thali includes a Diya, small amounts of Akshat, Kumkum, Kajal laid on a banana leaf, sweets and definitely the holy thread, the Rakhi.

The Diya signifies the fire, the warmth of which is capable of burning down all that is evil around the existence of the brother.

The Akshat is actually paddy mixed with turmeric that is considered holy and protective when used as a Tilak that is placed on the brother’s forehead.

The auspicious Kumkum serves to invoke the power of Shakti, the divine form of feminine power, whose blessings are capable of warding off or strengthening the brother to fight against every trouble that comes his way.

The Kajal that is laid at home by burning ghee over a banana leaf, is put at the top corner of the brother’s face. This is believed to free him from any evil gaze that can cause harm to the brother’s health.

The sweets are certainly to brighten up his taste buds so that he speaks in favor of you through the year.

Lastly, the Rakhi, the thread that is tied on the right hand.

The Rakhi, is believed, to have been first tied in the hand of Yama by his sister the Yamuna, to grant him immortality. It was this gesture of the Yamuna, that led Yama to grant long life to all the brothers who would be receiving a Rakhi from their sisters.

The old manuscripts of India, much to our pride, has been highly associated with high sci-fi technologies and scientific notions that might seem unsecular to us owing to our limited pieces of knowledge on the subject. Raksha Bandhan is one such cause that believes it or not does add on to the healthy days of our brothers, at least by boosting their psychological health, that someone somewhere cares for these men.

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