Raksha Bandhan

Definition - What does Raksha Bandhan mean?

Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival centering on celebration of the love between brothers and sisters. In Sanskrit, raksha means “protection” and bandhan means “to tie.” The festival is celebrated in many parts of the world by many Hindu and non-Hindu traditions. The practice of Raksha Bandhan includes a sister offering a rakhi, or a thread tie, to her brother and tying it around his wrist as a symbol of love and commitment; the brother also offers a gift as a symbol of commitment to protect his sister.

Within yoga, such as Siddha yoga, Raksha Bandhan may be practiced as a symbol of worldwide brotherly love, devotion, and protection of fellow humans.

Yogapedia explains Raksha Bandhan

The festival of Raksha Bandhan represents brotherly and sisterly love throughout the world as well as a duty to protect one another. Sisters and brothers offer prayers, poems, rakhis and other gifts to one another symbolizing the commitment of their relationship. Biological siblings celebrate the festival alongside family, but often rakhis are exchanged between cousins or other close relationships between men and women. In Indian history, many times rakhis were given by rulers to rulers of other kingdoms requesting protection.

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