A Blessed Bond Symbolizing One Celibate Nexus

31 May 2016

The bond shared by a brother with his sister and vice versa is one of the most unique bonds of human society. Of all the relationships in this world, sibling relationship is confirmedly the most lasting one that stays with us throughout our journey of livelihood. This is the singular linkage that comes in our life before the first friend comes to our life and stays with us, in the most worthy manner, during the period when our parents leave us. This is one particular relationship of the world whose dynamics remain the same from our infancy to old age. The exclusive temperament that one shares with one’s brother or sister does not transform, irrespective of age maturity or evolutions in other spectrums of life. The vibes of quarrelling over tit-bits, laughing over the same joke, jointly arranging and surprising parents on their anniversary or on their respective birthdays, sharing within themselves new experiences of life remain totally untainted no matter how much ripeness of age garbs a brother-sister pair. This is an emotion-rich and feeling nurtured nexus which provides, for the lifetime of a person, authentic affectionate support during the individual’s tormenting times and true-felt greetings and warm embrace on any achievement of the person. We make friends in life and we drift apart from friends during our journey of livelihood due to many kinds of differences---but one’s brother or sister is the most enduring friend of life, whose hands and shoulder get available whenever those are needed for support and solace and no matter how much disparity exists between the mind of the individual and the mind of his sister or her brother. India, the country with the rich legacy of rituals and refinement, celebrates, through spiritual protocols, the God-gifted relation thriving between a brother and a sister. Famed as the “Raksha Bandhan” (“Raksha” meaning To Shield and “Bandhan” meaning Link) festival throughout the world, this holy observance cardinally lauds the brother-sister bond on a day with a full-moon bout during the middle of the August month. Essentially a veneration established upon the religious belief of Hinduism, this pious fete gets accomplished by the Hindus in India and as well as by those settled in foreign states with wholesome devoutness and vigor. On the aforementioned prime day of August designated by Indians as “Rakhi Purnima” (“Purnima” meaning Full-Moon Spell), a sister fastens on the right wrist of her brother a prismatic cord praised by the Hindus as “Rakhi”---the sacred string. Indians, with heartfelt passion and deepest belief, regard that this “Rakhi” necessitates brothers and sisters to get committed to each other with certain chaste vows. While the sister is required to avow for praying for her brother’s growth and glee in front of God during her lifetime, the brother is desired to swear for safeguarding his sister during her destitute times and ensuring her happiness throughout his lifetime. Just like the brother-sister relationship can take birth between any unrelated man and woman at any time only through the feel of the blessed fraternal emotion within each other and doesn’t essentially requires any family or blood connect, similarly the pietistic ardor of the “Raksha Bandhan” observance cloaks, along with blood brother-sister pairs and cousin brother-sister duos, unconnected men and women connected to each other solely by the sentiment of kinship.

The “Raksha Bandhan” commemoration is a time-honored one, which begun 6000 years back during the booming Indus Valley Civilization. Heart-filling tales of Indian mythology and history like that of Goddess “Yamuna” and her brother Death God “Yama”, Goddess “Laxmi” and her feel brother Vishnu-devotee demon king “Bali” and that of the Mahabharata princess “Draupadi” and her auspicious friend Lord Krishna serve as the base and the pillar of this pious realization. During the old times, simple cords of silk with rimmed cotton ends and of colors yellow and orange were gladly used by sisters as the “Rakhi” string to deck up the wrist of their brothers. But as time moved ahead and the fervors of handicraft design and innovative artistry gradually started to gain foothold within the Indian society, preferences of sisters began to deviate from the simple silken cords to Rakhis made of novel elements like metals and gems and those embellished with glittering finery. With the heading ahead current of time, Rakhis crafted from tinsels like velvet fabric, gold/silver/diamond flakes, “zari” tissues, semi-precious stones, wood pieces like sandalwood or rosewood, beads and with creative designs as centerpiece patterns have occupied a fulsome space in the hearts of sisters desiring to decorate, both with elegance and novelty the pulse of their prized brothers.

During the present times, patterns of flowers have become a choice elect of designers in devising heart-gladdening “Rakhi” bracelets. Floral shapes are materialized by using elements like ribbons, “zari”, silk tissues, crystals, “kundan” works, beads, and traditional components like cloves, cardamom, betel-nuts, small coconuts and such other appealing items. Fetching fragrance of flowers is sometimes added to these Rakhis, popular as the Floral Rakhis, in order to enhance their grandeur. Preserved real flowers are also used at times as center motifs of these Rakhis to make them all the more fascinating. Shapes of Lotus, Rose and Sunflower are the most favorite flowers of crafters in texturing the Floral Rakhis.

During the period of the “Raksha Bandhan” festival, big shops, gift stores and the e-stores as well showcase a vivid variety of Floral “Rakhi”s like Red and White Floral "Rakhi" (Red Carnation, Roses & Pearl), Beautiful Blue Orchid "Rakhi" (White Carnation, Blue Orchid and Tube Rose), Freshness All Around "Rakhi" (Blue Orchid & White Roses "Rakhi"), Heavy Fresh and Beautiful "Rakhi" (Tube Roses, Red and White Roses and Stones "Rakhi"), Floral Kundan Meena "Rakhi", Simple Floral Design White Red "Rakhi" Thread, Crystal Floral Beauty "Rakhi", Gorgeous White Flower Pearl "Lumba Rakhi", Orange and Gold “Kundan” Flower Designer "Rakhi", Brown “Reshmi Dori” (Silk Tissue) "Rakhi" With Red Floral Enamel Work and similar types of engaging Floral Rakhis for sisters to choose and profusely please their endeared brothers.

Just as exquisite is the wonder beauty of flowers with no other comparison in the world, so is distinctive the connect between a brother and his sister with the intrinsic feature of divinity. With soul-delighting view and mind-capturing texture, Floral Rakhis furbish the brother-sister relationship with the vivacity, freshness and grace proprietary to nature’s gift---flowers.

A Celibate Cord Devised From Fraternal Fondness

30 May 2016

The colorful silken cord of “Rakhi” is exalted by the Hindu fraternity of this world as a very virtuous string that features as a chaste symbol of the celibate adoration and caress that breed in the heart of every single brother of this world for his sister and vice versa. Among all the realized relationships of men and women in human society, the bondage between a brother and a sister is, with certitude, a truly immaculate one, whose virtuousness is only comparable to the purity of one’s link with one’s parents. This is an unique nexus between a man and a woman which patronizes the emotion of kinship and congeniality between the two opposite genders. A brother-sister pair is a most dulcet twosome of the world, whose expression of love to each other and heed for one another’s bounteous well-being evinces to the world, the significance of the fraternal nexus between the descendants of Adam and descendants of Eve. The significance of possessing a fraternal relationship in life is encompassed in the fact that in this hardcore real world, at the time of the absence of parents, a brother or a sister is the only near one of life who keeps alive in the mind of an individual the feeling of having a family and who thinks and wishes for the person’s felicity and success with the concern equal to that of one’s father and mother. This singular bond helps lonely souls to experience both the sentiments of fraternity and friendship without looking no further than the innate family and aids these individuals to share their solitude with such a person who reciprocates with wholesome affection and endearment. A brother-sister relation is one of the best worldly bondages created by mankind as this bondage does not get limited to the boundaries of family and ancestry only, but contains a socially fundamental essence by which two unknown man and woman can become related to each other by initiating in between themselves this angelic nexus of brother-sister—irrespective to the differences, as if exist, in their religion and caste. Hinduism, the famed religious order of the Hindu community based in India and throughout the world, extols this exquisite connection shared by the macho gender and the fair gender through a spiritual observance popular in the world as the “Raksha Bandhan” (“Raksha” meaning To Guard and “Bandhan” meaning Tie) festival. Indians of India and N.R.Is as well choose the bout of “Purnima” (a Full Moon Spell) during the mid of August to realize this pietistic fete and entitle that special day as “Rakhi Purnima”. On this heyday, a sister by blood, or a sister by feel---both decorate the right wrist of her biological or feel brother with a chromatic cord of silk titled by Hinduism as the “Rakhi”---the pious band. This is a 6000 year old religious tradition, the onset of which happened at the time of the opulent Indus Valley Civilization. Structured upon the narratives of Indian mythology about Goddesses tying the “Rakhi” on the right wrist of their innate brother (Goddess “Yamuna” and Death God “Yama”) or brother by emotions (Goddess “Lakshmi” and the demon-king “Bali) and getting glorified by anecdotes of Indian history which evince how the “Rakhi” gave Hindu queens of bygone days a honored opportunity to seek the patronage of rulers of other religion for preserving their very own dignity, this clerical veneration of the brother-sister relation is an ever favorable and most practiced celestial praxis among the Hindus of India and abroad as well. The sanctified string of “Rakhi” binds a brother-sister pair with two earnest vows of sharing each other’s pleasures and pains and being there for the other during the one’s most needy times. This being the central essence of the veneration of “Raksha Bandhan”, ceremoniously on this prime day, the sister, while tying the worthy “Rakhi” band, vouches for desiring a plentitude of fulsome happiness for her brother every time she stoops down in front of God and the brother on his part, solemnizes to shield his sister from all the vices of the world and ensure her gaiety with his best efforts.

During the classical times, the divine cord of “Rakhi” used to be of a simple thread of silk with rimmed cotton ends and of pleasurable colors yellow and orange (acknowledged by Hinduism as the two colors of “Rakhi” used by Goddess “Yamuna” and Goddess “Laxmi” respectively to embellish the wrists of their own brothers). But as time moved ahead, enthralling diversifications gradually garbed this pious string. For example, Rakhis made of fineries like “zari” tissues, velvet fabric, gold/silver/diamond flakes, beads, semi-precious gems, sandalwood or rosewood and with innovative motifs as centerpiece designs have captivated minds of sisters seeking varied kinds of the gifted tie to deck up the wrist of their beloved brothers.

Rakhis flaunting the elite “Zardosi” embroidery are a pride of Indian handicraft finesse. The word “Zardosi” is a colloquial deviation of the Persian term “Zardozi” which again is made up of two different terms, that are, “Zar” meaning Gold and “Dozi” meaning embroidery. The exclusiveness of the “Zardosi” texture is encompassed in the use of the singular type of the silk thread, known as the “Zardosi” thread needed for knitting the distinctive embroidery. The signature stamp of the “Zardosi” pattern is the finely detailed and really complex work of weaving that stands as a sign of the outstanding Indian hand artistry. A “Rakhi” made of the “Zardosi” thread and that flaunting the enchanting “Zardosi” embroidery is a true treasure of Indian workmanship and a certain mark of Hindu heritage. During modern times, a trend has developed to enhance further the designs with precious metals and fancy stones. Not easily available in markets or shops, these distinctive Zardosi Rakhis can be availed by sisters from the online portals upholding a real jewel piece of Indian vocational art. The Behenas (Sisters) can select from a collect of diverse casts of Zardosi Rakhis like Designer "Zardosi Rakhi" with Fancy Kundan, Fancy "Zardosi" Brother "Rakhi" with Sandalwood Bead, Green Orange "Zardosi Rakhi" with Golden and Color Beads, Handmade "Zardosi" Rajasthani Work Designer "Rakhi", Indian Handmade "Zardosi Rakhi" with Glass in "Mangal Moli" (Holy Red String), Traditional "Zardosi" Work Silver "Rakhi", Ganesha "Zardosi" Work "Rakhi", Floral "Zardosi" String Pearls "Rakhi",Colourful Peacock Resham "Zardosi Rakhi", Red Velvet "Zardosi" Work "Rakhi", "Zardosi Rakhi" with Sequined Craft, Golden "Zardosi Rakhi", Multi Pearl "Zardosi Rakhi" (Designer "Rakhi" having multi White shiny Pearls and Red and Golden Beads), Auspicious "Zardosi Rakhi" (Brown "Zardosi Rakhi" with Crystal Work), Multi-Colour "Zardosi Rakhi" (Dyes of Red, Yellow and Purple), Exclusive "Zardosi" Keri Design "Rakhi" with Stones, Gorgeous Diamond with "Zardosi Rakhi", One of the Best "Zardosi Rakhi" (Designer Rakhi with Red, Green Zardosi Resham Work with White Diamonds) and many more of such kinds and fasten on the wrist of their brothers not only a religious string, but a glittering bracelet beaming with fraternal love and nuzzle.

A real elite kind of “Rakhi” for sure, the wondrous glitz and shine of the texture of Zardosi Rakhis not only bedeck the wrist of brothers and fills the mind of sisters with real glee, but also multiplies the natural dazzle and magnificence inherent in the bond of every sister-brother duo.

Celebrate Rakhi In A Unique Way By Wearing Lumba Rakhi

27 May 2016

Lumba Rakhi is celebrated in Rajasthan where this rakhi is tied on the wrist of the sister-in-law by the sister. These Lumba Rakhis are worn along with the bangles. These rakhis have their origin all the way from Rajasthan and not only the females wear these Rakhis, but also the brothers wear these Takhis and in the final part the wives of the family also wear these Rakhis only to symbolize that they are eligible to sit for any kind of rituals and aartis along with her husband. The Lumba Rakhis are similar in comparison to the other Rakhis and the only thing is that they are more slender, vibrant and have a superb colour combination. These Rakhis are gifted to someone to solidify the bonding between a sister, brother and sister-in-law. This festival invites several cultural activities which are organized with lots of fun and enthusiasm in Jaipur. This Lumba Rakhi welcomes various cultural activities which are celebrated all across Rajasthan with lots of exotic fun. This Raksha Bandhan is celebrated only during the month of Shravan which is known as Rakhi Purnima. This festival invites every religion like the Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Jains, Nepalis also celebrate this ritual in their own style. This day is marked in the Hindu calendar by various names according to different states like Raksha Bandhan in North India, Rakhi Purnima in East India, Avani Avittam in South India, Nariyal Purnima in West India, Pavitropana in Gujarat, Gamha Purnima in Orissa and also celebrated in Nepal. Rakhis have several designs by which they are signified like Om Rakhis, Auspicious Rakhis, Fancy Rakhis, Paerl, Gold, Diamonds, Kids Rakhis and many more. In different castes and cultures Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in separate ways keeping the custom in mind. This exciting Raksha Bandhan involves the love, care and bonding between a brother and sister. But in Marwari culture the bangle is termed as Lumba thus the Rakhi tied with the bangle is termed as Lumba Rakhi. Lumba Rakhi is tied on the brother’s wrist by the sister, so that the brother gets a secured married wife who can share all responsibilities, joys, sorrows and happiness equally with her husband. This day is generally denoted as one of the pious day in the Hindu Calendar and involves a ritual or custom which is been followed. This tradition depicts through history till the modern century where this festival involves the true bonding between sister, brother and sister in law.

This day welcomes the arrival of the era where the bonding becomes more flexible and this day deserves special mention. This day preserves it’s tradition with the people of India as according to the custom this day is marked equally important. This festival marks the onset of the beginning of a new era of culture in India and this invents the tradition to be distributed among the people equally. This auspicious festival generates a special touch in the hearts of the people who loves to get together with their closed ones. Rakhi epitomizes the unconditional love between brothers and sisters, the ladies start the preparation of Rakhi from at least a fortnight before this festival starts. In order to make this event fabulous people buy Rakhis, Rakhi Gifts, Rakhi Pooja Thalis, sweets etc for making this day special. This event marks the occasion to be very conditional when it comes to rituals and customs like when Raksha Bandhan comes on the day people take bath and say prayers to their respective gods and goddesses. After taking bath the sisters tie rakhi or the sacred thread on the wrists of the brothers followed by the tilak which is applied on the forehead of the brother. This tilak is made of sandalwood paste placed on a thali along with a diya, roli and chawal which are considered to be holy. This thali is considered as a pious material and is kept in a holy place along with the gods. This day is celebrated in the month of Shravan and positively on a full moon day where every brother and sister waits eagerly for this glorious day for more than a year. This tradition started from the historical age and even now in this modern century the customs have changed but the festival remains the same as usual.

Celebrate This Raksha Bandhan By Delivering Kids Rakhis To The Beloved Kids

26 May 2016

Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi Purnima as it is known in Northern and Eastern India is celebrated during the month of Shravan. This festival not only involves brothers and sisters but also the other members of the family. This day everyone in the family gets up early takes bath and dedicate themselves in puja. This day is celebrated during Purnima and is celebrated almost in every state of India by different names. Rakhis are sent from India to the western countries where there are Indian residents and in the same case Rakhis are sent from the foreign countries to India. Rakhi Purnima has got different names all over India like in Northern and Eastern India it is known as Raksha Bandhan, Avani Avittam in South India, Kajari Purnima in Central India, Nariyal Purnima in Western India, Pavitropana in Gujarat and also has a name in Nepal. The name Raksha Bandhan symbolizes the bond between a sister and a brother who acts as a defender against any odds which stands against the life of the sister.

This festival is enjoyed among each and every family member who plays an active role in this holy festival called Rakhi Purnima. This festival is not only celebrated in India but also in the western countries where there is Indian origin and above all this cultural event indulges various activities which revolves round the corner. This event starts at the beginning of Shravan Purnima and on this day every female member of a particular household indulges in household preparations like sweets, desserts and vegetarian dishes. This day invites all friends and relatives to this religious festival and they enjoy to the extreme with the company of the family members. The sisters prepare pooja thali consisting of roli, tilak, Rakhi threads, rice grains, aggarbattis or incense sticks, diyas and variants of sweets which are a hot favourite to all brothers. In India of course every family member follows various cultural activities on this day depending on their culture. This custom involves the eternal bonding of every brother and sister who awaits for one whole year for this pious festival. Rakhis are not only tied by a sister to a brother but also by a wife, daughter or a wife and in West Bengal it came into existence when Rabindranath Tagore first discovered about the concept of Rakhi and spread the meaning of this religious event. The Rakhis have some special features like Kids Rakhis, Auspicious Rakhis, Om Rakhis and various others which bears some cultural meaning. This day is celebrated all over India by following some significant activities and eventually depending on the religious cultures. This day marks the advent of several designer Rakhis which are appreciated by the kids who loves to wear these Rakhis.

This festival is also prevalent among the other communities like the Muslims, Sikhs who also participate in this holy festival. Rakhis are not only considered as a sacred thread but also are decorated with beads, semi precious stones and in case of Kids Rakhis there are special cartoon characters like Chota Bheem, Spiderman, Batman, Doremon, Winnie the Pooh, Donald etc and paired with these cartoon characters there are different colourful beads, stones which adds an extra glam to this decorative Rakhi. The Kids Rakhis are generally very cute, attractive and when they are presented to the young brothers they feel very delighted and enjoy this pious festival called Rakhi with full fun and frolic. Rakhis are not only meant for brothers and sisters but also involves the kids and other members of the family who also plays an active part in this festival. This festival demarcates the bonding of love between a brother and sister to mark this occasion filled with enjoyment. This occasion marks the advent of  the bonding between a brother and a sister by which the sister wishes for the long life of her brother and the brother pledges to defend or else acts as a protector. This festival rewinds the fact which was evident from the historical time especially during the Mughal period and also followed in this modern century.

Dedicate Your Love To Your Brother By Gifting An Auspicious Rakhi

25 May 2016

In India Raksha Bandhan is celebrated with an extra spark which fills the entire atmosphere with loads of love and happiness. This Raksha Bandhan there are variants of Rakhis which creates an attractive look and every sister wants to purchase these Rakhis for their brothers. These Rakhis are genuinely very bright and fits on the wrists of the brothers who wait for this pious day. This day is celebrated almost in every part of India by different names and the custom also differs according to the mindset of people. This festival is celebrated during the monsoon or Shravan month and on a full moon day. This day marks the onset of Purnima or full moon day and in this scenario this Raksha Bandhan day is celebrated with loads of woos and enthusiasm. On this auspicious day people offer prayers and visit the temples with their close friends and relatives to seek blessings. This day every daughter in their respective household prepares some ecstasy delicacies for their brother who waits for this momentum. This holy day is familiar in every religion starting from Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Muslims, Nepali and many others. This day emphasizes the love between a brother and sister who shares a sweet and honest relationship and on this day every brother takes a pledge to protect her sister from any kind of obstacles which crosses her way. On the other hand every sister also wishes good fortune, health for her loving beloved brother and prepares mouth watering sweets, desserts for her brother. This day is historically very famous in Indian History starting from the Mughal era till the modern century only the rituals and the customs have changed. This Raksha Bandhan  is popularly known by different names in different parts of India like Rakhi Purnima in North and East India, Avani Avittam in South India, Kajari Purnima in Central India, Nariyal Purnima in Western India, Pavitropana in Gujarat and many more names. This day follows various customs which makes every sister and brother go joyous in fun and frolic. On this day every family member rise early from bed, take bath and offer puja for the well being of the respective members and the sisters prepare special dishes and desserts for their brothers. The sacred thread or Rakhi is tied around the wrist of the respective brother followed by the tilak which is applied on the forehead of the brother by the sister, sweets are offered by the sister to the brother and at last every family member plays an active role. This Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on a full moon day to make this day more auspicious and put a smile on the faces of the sisters and brothers. These auspicious Rakhis are decorated and designed in a unique way just to make all brothers happy and delightful. This day marks the advent of the event where each and every member of the family participates in this memorable festival. This festival is renowned among the Hindus and even in the Muslim community this Raksha Bandhan has a special place. This festival is celebrated in India along with the family members and in almost every part of India this festival is celebrated under different rituals only difference the custom and name changes. On this day of Raksha Bandhan the markets are filled with different variants of Rakhis meant which are meant for all ages. On this day the sisters offer special sweets, dishes and lip-smacking desserts to fill their brother’s heart with loads of joy and as a matter of fact this day is equally important to a brother as well as sister. This day has a special reason when it comes to gifting on behalf of the brother’s end when they deliver noteworthy gifts to their sister’s.

This Rakhi every individual makes her/his way towards the destiny about how to make their dear ones happy. This day every brother and sister enjoys this festival with enormous fun as they wait for this pious moment from last one year. This festival is not only enjoyed among the family members but even the neighbours are also invited after this Raksha Bandhan ritual gets over. This festival is not only enjoyed in India but also abroad where there is Indian origin and Rakhis are also delivered to the western countries and vice versa.

Enjoy This Special Moment With Your Brother By Gifting Om Rakhi

24 May 2016

This Raksha Bandhan dedicate every pious moment to your brother who awaits your heartfelt best wishes. This day is historically very famous as per various stories which depicts behind this festival. Raksha Bandhan is famous in India as well as abroad and is known by special names like it is known as Nariyal Purnima in Western India, Kajari Purnima in Central India, Avani Avittam in Southern India, Raksha Bandhan in Northern, Eastern India and also known as Jhulan Purnima in Eastern regions of India. In Nepal it is known as Janaeu Purnima and in this festival every member of the family participates not essential they should be brother sister. Every member ties a thread on the wrist of the family members and offer prayers to Lord Shiva. Rakhis are tied on the wrists of the brothers who acts as a protector for their sisters and the sistesr in return prays for the well being of her brothers. On this day in every home where Raksha Bandhan is celebrated, people rise up early from bed, take bath and the sisters attend pujas with their mother and henceforth when the Rakhi custom gets over the sister prepares lip smacking sweets and other delicacies for her brother. This festival is celebrated almost in every part of India following various customs and rituals which is a mandate for this occasion. This Om Rakhi is regarded as a holy item which depicts the image of Om placed at the centre and on both sides different colourful threads are attached along with beads, semi precious stones, pearls and copper beads. Rakhis are sent abroad from India to various parts of the globe with an extra care and love which are sent from the sister’s heart and when the brother receives these gifts they feel very delighted. During this Rakhi every brother expects various colourful Rakhis which would create an environment full of colours. On this festive day every sister prepares some mouth watering delicacies like Sweets and Desserts which are enjoyed by every family member. This festival is followed by different customs like when this ritual starts the sacred thread is tied on the wrist of the brother followed by the tilak ceremony which is held for the well being of her brother sweets are given to the brother and the brother gives gifts to his sister. This day brings an extra happiness in the life of every sister when she gets an opportunity to greet her brother with the various ingredients like the sacred colourful thread, tilak which is applied on the forehead of every brother. This festival is also seen in the Muslim community and in their religion the females play a vital role when it comes to the well being of their brother.

The Om Rakhi is engraved along with the image of some idols which symbolises a spiritual thought enhancing this pious festival. This Raksha Bandhan enlightens the glory of joy and happiness along with the family members who also participates in this glorious occasion and enjoys their time in a stylish way. This day beholds and welcomes the true bonding of a sister with her brother who also eagerly for this day. It is also seen in some cases that the brothers who stays abroad also visits India during this time just to enjoy this time with his sister. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated during the Shravan month and also on a full moon day which adds an extra dimension within the spirit of every individual. This day marks the onset of love, friendship and other rituals which makes identification in the hearts of the brothers and sisters. This Raksha Bandhan sisters offer various dishes to their brothers and ties various designer Rakhis like Om Rakhi which are also decorated in a unique way resembling a pious situation which spreads peace and prosperity in their brother’s life. This festival welcomes the invention of some precious gift items like Rakhis which have variants and fills the heart of every brother with enormous fun and joy. This day is celebrated when the brother comes to see his entire family including his beloved sister who waits for this holy day to offer prayers for her brother’s health and prosperity. This day has a special significance starting from the historical days and those incidents are still repeated in this modern era. Therefore, Raksha Bandhan is a festival about the eternal bonding between a brother and sister.

Make Your Beloved Brother Happy With A Swastik Rakhi

21 May 2016

Rakhi is a festival which is celebrated between a brother and a sister to mark a bonding between both of them. This festival is celebrated on a full moon day which is known as Purnima and the sisters tie a Rakhi or sacred thread on her brother’s wrist to mark the well being of the brother. The brother also takes a vow to protect her sister from all sorts of obstacles and dangers. There are various ways by which Rakhi can be classified like a simple thread can be tied on the wrist of the brother, in certain cases the Rakhis are also decorated by beads or colourful stones. According to Indian Mythology Swastik brings peace and harmony in the life of every person and so in some cases people prefer to choose Rakhi which looks dazzling. This festival is celebrated almost in every part of India and also abroad including Mauritius, Nepal and in some Asian countries. Talking about religion Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Jains and other castes also celebrate this festival which has a tint of love and togetherness. During the celebration of Rakhi different sorts of Dry Fruits, Chocolates, Sweets are given as a delicacy which is enjoyed both by the brother and sister. The celebration of Rakhi begins when the sister ties the Rakhi on her brorher’s wrist followed by an aarti or prayer which is also uttered for the long life of her brother followed by the delicacy session where sweets or dry fruits are given to the brother and vice versa. This day also has various stories from the Indian Mythology which depicts how this auspicious day was celebrated. The Rakhis are designed in a special way which looks really eye-catching and a special designed Swastik symbol is placed at the centre of the Rakhi, both sides are decorated with colourful crystal beads, pearls, or any semi precious stones, sometimes the base of the silver coin is engraved in the design of a Swastik tied with decorative threads which are teamed with colourful stones. These designer Rakhis are appreciated by every brother who receives these gifts which has a perfect blend of love and care which comes from the heart of the sister. This festival invites more or less everybody from different religion and caste whom the sister regards her brother, hence ties the sacred thread around her brother’s wrist to tighten the bond of love. Every brother should have the attitude to act as a shield for the protection of his sister and this is the actual procedure where love strengthens its bond. This day inaugurates the spirit of Raksha Bandhan when the sister ties Rakhi around her brother’s wrist and in this ceremony every member of the family plays an active role. Rakhi is also tied in the wrist of friends, relatives and family members not mandatory he should be a brother. This day revitalises the spirit of bonding between a brother and a sister, on this day especially every member of a family rise early from bed. Every daughter helps her mother to prepare delicacies like for example Mithai, dry fruits etc which creates an environment where there is bliss of harmony amongst the family members.

On this day every member of the family rise up early from bed takes shower and offer prayers to their respective Gods and Goddesses. Rakhi is also celebrated in Mumbai, South India, North India following various customs and traditions. Swastik Rakhis have various techniques by which they are decorated and therefore exhibit some marvelous designs which every sister urges to give her brother with her heartfelt wishes. This Swastik Rakhi is teamed with semi precious stones, beads, colourful threads and various other items which are ideal for gifting her brother who pledge to protect his sister from all sorts of hardships. This day is known by various names all over India like Raksha Bandhan in North and Eastern India, Nariyal Purnima in Mumbai, Avani Avittam in South India, Kajari Purnima in Central India. This day marks the onset of love and happiness which is expressed in the form of gifting Rakhis with a special heart. This festival attaches both the hearts of the brother and sister who gets departed and before the arrival of this festival they unite together to have fun. On this day Swastik Rakhis are offered to brothers to mark this day as an auspicious one and prayers are offered for the well being of the brothers. This day marks the arrival of a new starting of love between brother and sister with the gifting of Swastik Rakhi.

A Sacred Link Of Kinship And Amity

20 May 2016

Throughout all the human bondages thriving in this world, the bondage between a brother and a sister is a most sweetened and celibate one. This is a nexus of cohesion between the two opposite sexes of humanity which fills the minds of men and women with a pleasing certitude of having in life, after parents, a true close individual, who cares for him/her and thinks about his/her well-being with that distinctive fondness and cosset, that was experienced only in the blessed companionship of parents. A bro-sis liaison is exquisite from this perspective that commencement of this liaison can happen at any time and at any place between a man and a woman without heeding to any kind of legal or social praxes. As exists the innate fraternal link between a man and a woman sharing the same blood or the same family lineage, birth of this chaste tie can occur between a guy and a girl at any instant, if those two nurture the prized sentiment of kinship for each other. The fundamentality of this genial phenomenon is applicable to all civilized regions of this world, practicing and nurturing fraternal links between human race. India, a country cherished by the traits of rituals, wisdom and morals, dedicates a full day in eulogizing this spiritual fraternal bond that connects the two opposite genders of mankind and denominates that observance as the “Raksha Bandhan” (“Raksha” meaning To Guard and “Bandhan” meaning Connection) fete. The pious ceremony gets held on a day with a full moon night in the middle of the month of August. At this clerical day, termed by Indians as “Rakhi Purnima” (“Purnima” meaning Full Moon Night), biological, related and mutual sisters embellish the right wrists of their biological, related and mutual brothers with a colorful fabric band entitled by Indians as the “Rakhi”. Hindus of India, as well as those staying in foreign lands, realize the conviviality of “Raksha Bandhan” with sincere devotion to the related religious customs and exalt the chromatic “Rakhi” cord as a very chaste constituent of Hinduism. On this spiritual veneration of the virtuous brother-sister relation, a sister, who ties the hallowed tie of “Rakhi” on the wrist of her brother, pledges to wish for her brother’s mental and physical gaiety every time she prays in front of God and the brother, the blessed receiver of the pious cord, takes the oath to defend his sister from all the agonies of the world and try his level best to fetch her plethora of happiness. As is not limited the relationship of a brother and a sister only to men and women of the same parents or same ancestry and applies to any man and woman feeling an emotion of fraternal sentiment towards each other, so also the “Raksha Bandhan” commemoration calls both related and unrelated brother-sister duos to laud their bond with earnest affection and respect for each other.

Being a 6000 years old religious tradition, first gaining ground during the blooming Indus Valley Civilization, the fete of “Raksha Bandhan” has indeed been dyed with fervors of modernity with the current of time. However the new-fangled developments have not, assuredly, subdued the cardinal sublime spirit of the ceremony, rather these evolutions have magnified the chaste splendor of the observation, dedicated in acknowledging the distinctive linkage between a sister and a brother. The most noticeable change that has received welcome vibes from the Hindu community in realizing the “Raksha Bandhan” festival has come up in the designing of the pure “Rakhi” string. From being a simple silky thread with fringed cotton ends, the “Rakhi” cord has, with the moving forward of time, got bedecked with embellishments of beads, satin ribbons, tiny wood and sandalwood tits, flora and fauna motifs, tinsel work and many such pleasurable texture and has been transformed into much of a wrist wear to be treasured by brothers for their lifetime.

A both sacred and ingenious artistry in crafting the “Rakhi” ties of present times is that of making the “Rakhi” bracelets with the pious “Rudraksha” beads. The “Rudraksha” bead is made of a particular seed of a large evergreen broad tree and is honored by Hinduism as the most sanctified element on this earth shielding its possessor from every vice coming in his/her way. Indian mythology relates the bead to Lord Shiva, who is shown wearing a broad “Rudraksha” garland in his forearm. Hindus believe that the practice of wearing “Rudraksha” bead meliorates a person’s confidence and strength and aids the individual in nurturing in mind the traits of adoration, benevolence and gentleness. In whole, possessing a garland of “Rudraksha” beads or even a single “Rudraksha” bead patronizes a human-being in being more humane. Thus, undoubtedly, Rakhis made of the “Rudraksha” beads have gained much popularity among sisters, wishing for their brothers’ fulsome happiness during the blessed bout of “Raksha Bandhan”. “Rudraksha” comes in different shapes like “Ekmukhi” (with One Mouth), “Panchmukhi” (with Five Mouths) etc. In crafting “Rudraksha Rakhis “Rudraksha” of varied kinds are laid out in diverse sequences and combinations and, in another pattern, “Rudraksha” is molded with elegant gems and metals like silver, gold, semi-precious stones, pearls etc. Fragrant wooden round pieces of sandalwood or rosewood embody the two ends of the “Rudraksha Rakhis and make the cords all the more enchanting to both the sister and the brother. Rudraksha Rakhis of engaging texture are offered by boutique gift stores in the market and by the e-commerce devise as well. Sisters get to elect from varied kinds of this exquisite “Rakhi” cast like Fancy Multiple “Rudraksha Rakhi”, Single “Rudraksha Rakhi”, “Rudraksha” & Diamond “Rakhi” with Beads, Set of 2 “Rakhi”s – “Rudraksha” with American Diamond “Rakhi”s, Decorative “Rudraksha Rakhi” ,Stunning “Rudraksha Rakh” (center piece is fully covered with “Rudraksha” and Beads), Amazing “Rudraksha”-Pearl “Rakhi”, Exclusive “Rudraksha” with Diamond Red “Rakhi”, Traditional “Rudraksha Rakhi” with Small Golden Beads, Elegant “Rudraksha Rakhi” with Small Pearls and Sandalwood Beads and myriad of similar such beguiling ties made of the divine bead.

In accordance with the celestial spirit of the “Raksha Bandhan” observance, the Rudraksha Rakhis are a perfect choice that a sister can make in transmitting to her brother, by simply fastening on his right wrist a riveting “Rudraksha Rakhi”, the sublime positive energy that ensures his life-long wellness and empowers him in preserving, to best, his sister’s life.

A Treasured Bond Of Fraternal Friendship

18 May 2016

Of all the existed and existing social relationships that has got crafted at pace with the civilization of human race, the brother-sister relationship is one of the most chaste and exclusive one. After parents, an elderly or younger sibling is the true family that one possess. One’s brother or sister is that intimate one in one’s life with whom the individual can share, with mental ease and satisfaction, the deepest agonies, cherished dreams and nurtured hopes. Having a brother or a sister in life is like gaining that special benediction of God, by which an individual is assured of not being lonely in life, even if that person is not bonded by other social nexuses. An elder brother is that guide of life, who advises us and leads us to the right path of livelihood with a plethora of heed similar to that of father and an elder sister is that nurturer of entity, who cares for our comfort and happiness with an opulence of caress agnate to that of mother. From another spectrum, a younger brother or sister is that individual in our lives, to whom we can express our prized fatherly or motherly feelings, with reciprocal love and respect, if life does not give us any other chance to exercise our these sentiments. Truly, a wholesome bond with one’s brother or sister completes the sphere of one’s life and saturates the person’s heart with the pleasure of having family. Just like parents are believed to be the guardian angels of our lives, a senior or junior sibling too is accepted as the God-sent angelic friend of us, enriching, with love and concern our existences. At par with their religious order, that is, Hinduism, the Hindus of India and abroad as well, favors to esteem this gifted nexus between a brother and a sister through a candied clerical ceremony known to the world as the “Raksha Bandhan” (“Raksha” means To Shield and “Bandhan” means Connection) ceremony. This necessarily chaste observance is accomplished on a day with a full moon night at the mid of the month of August—designated by the Hindus as the day of “Rakhi Purnima”. This ceremony necessitates a biological or cousin sister to fasten on the right wrist of her biological or cousin brother a colorful and celestial fabric string titled by Hindus as the “Rakhi”. This sanctified “Rakhi” cord carries with it certain virtuous vows which the pair of brother-sister, observing the fete, needs to avow to. The spiritual string of “Rakhi” requires the sister to convey to God her fulsome desire for the splendor and felicity of her brother and urges the brother to pledge for preserving his sister with his best efforts during both happy and pensive times. The uniqueness of this fete is hemmed in the fact that the divine vivacity of this fete includes not only biological brothers and sisters and brothers or sisters of the same family, but also facilitates a man and a woman who are not connected by ties of blood or family, but by the felt tie of kinship towards each other, to laud their this singularly holy bondage.

Founded largely on the anecdotes and narratives of Indian mythology and history, the “Raksha Bandhan” gala is a 6000 years old pious protocol, beginning during the flourishing Indus Valley Civilization. While during the classical times, the cord of “Rakhi” used to be a simple thread of silk with brushed over cotton ends, coming in colors yellow and orange (believed by Hindus as the colors of thread used by Goddess “Yamuna” and Goddess “Laxmi” to bedeck their respective brother’s wrists)---with the modernization of time, decorations like beads, dyed with golden and silver threads, satin ribbons, petite pieces of woods and sandalwoods, floral and figurine motifs and such other engaging elements gained popularity in crafting the sublime string.

Contemporary times have seen the evolvement of an exquisite genre of “Rakhi” cords---the Precious Rakhis. Substantially made of fine gems and metals like gold, silver, diamond, pearl, emerald, ruby, opal, topaz, moonstone, onyx etc these Rakhis serve not only as a clerical cord, but also as a bejeweled wrist wear, filling the mind of the giving sister with contented pleasure and that of the receiving brother with winsome delight. Frequently these Rakhis feature a brass, silver or gold chain in place of the cotton or silk thread and thereby flaunt a riveting artistic splendor. Precious Rakhis with gold and silver coins as center pieces have also started to rank top among the buying sisters’ list of selection. The jades are devised into marvelous molds to produce beguiling “Rakhi” patterns and the elite metals are primarily used to craft motif of Gods and Goddesses, Flowers and other varied innovative patterns as the center logo of the Precious Rakhis. A bountiful number of gift shops and the cyber shopping porches offer mind-dazing types of Precious Rakhis such as Fine Gold Plated Ganesha Coin "Rakhi" (Surrounded by a Knitted Pattern of Red Thread and Om on Green Leaves), Exclusive Heavy Gold Plated Bracelet Cum "Rakhi", Glorious Diamond and Fancy Beads Brother "Rakhi", Attractive Multi Diamond Pearl Brother "Rakhi", Marrow Stone, Moti Zari Brother "Rakhi", Taste of Tradition - Designer Gold Zari Work "Rakhi", Beautiful Sunflower Design Pearl "Rakhi", Jodhpuri Handmade Fancy Designer Jewel "Rakhi", Precious Stone "Rakhi", Hamsa Hand - Diamond and Gold "Rakhi" ("Hamsa" is an evil-blower symbol representing the palm), Vel - Diamond and Gold "Rakhi" ("Vel"=the Holy Lance) and collateral kinds of stunning Precious Rakhis.

A graceful diversification in the creation of the celibate “Rakhi” cord, the concept and usage of the Precious Rakhis by sisters to enhance the wrists of their brothers, have not, however subdued the intrinsic chastity of the “Raksha Bandhan” ceremony by its glitter and shimmer. Rather the shine and glow of these Rakhis have, with certitude magnified the inherent grandeur and nobleness treasured in the nexus shared by a brother-sister pair.

A Divine Tie Of Reverence And Endearment

17 May 2016


The dulcet Indian tradition of esteeming the divine fraternal nexus between a brother and a sister through pious customs and sincere vows is famous as the “Raksha Bandhan” (“Raksha” meaning To Safeguard and “Bandhan” meaning Bond) ceremony all over the world. Hindus in India, as well as throughout the world, observe this chaste ceremony with devotion and earnestness during the mid of the month of August—more specifically on the day with a full moon night at the later part of August month. This holy observance essentially venerates the exquisite kinship connection between a man and a woman, which is known to the world as the brother-sister relationship. The prime ritual of the ceremony of “Raksha Bandhan” is that of the sister tying a colorful cord termed by Hinduism as the “Rakhi” on the right wrist of her brother with heart-felt affection and fondness for him and the brother gleefully accepting this cord with similar feelings for his sister. This pious tie fundamentally pledges a sister to pray to God for a gleeful and opulent life of her brother and commits a brother in meliorating with his best, the entity and existence of his sister. A classic tradition, as far as can be traced back, the ceremony of “Raksha Bandhan” began during the time of the thriving Indus Valley Civilization 6000 years back. The singularity of this observance is encircled in the fact that this observance, structured primarily upon tales of Indian mythology and history, lauds not only the bond of kinship between biological brothers and sisters and cousin brother-sister pairs, but also exalts the fraternal link, as when exists, among two unrelated man and woman. Tales from Indian mythology and history showcase how the chaste “Rakhi” cord has facilitated unrelated men and women in exploring each other’s support and patronage during one’s own necessitous times. The mytho-historical tale of the Mahabharata princess “Draupadi” dressing the wounded finger of Lord Krishna and the Lord shielding the princess’s honor during her most molesting times is considered to be the foundation of the “Raksha Bandhan” veneration and evinces how the feel of fraternity can thrive between two totally unconnected man and woman and become an exemplary bond of fraternal amity for times to come. The mythological tale of Goddess “Laxmi” tying the blessed “Rakhi” string to the “Vishnu”-devotee demon-king “Bali” and the king in return sacrificing his own desire of God “Vishnu”-‘s stay in his palace for the sake of his “feel” sister Goddess “Laxmi” –‘s wish of the God’s return to their conjugal home at “Vaikuntha” (The Heaven)---solely for displaying certitude to the vow of “Rakhi”, emphasizes to Hindu brother-sister pairs about the sincerity with which the “Rakhi” oaths should be considered by each of them. Thus, though at pace with the mythological tale of the river-Goddess “Yamuna” tying the Virtuous “Rakhi” on the wrist of her own brother the God of Death “Yama” and practiced social vibes of the bygone days, “Raksha Bandhan” ceremony is considered to be primarily observed between blood brothers and sisters---with the advancement of time and mental enlightenment of people, the cardinal fraternal fervor of this pious observance has gradually encompassed unrelated men and women also.

Not only related and unrelated brothers and sisters, the flow of time in India has further witnessed the wholesome use of the deistic “Rakhi” string to link people of India as such, by a feel of brotherly spirit and irrespective of caste and religion. The prime example of this phenomenon remains the gesture of the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore in observing the exemplary “Rakhi Utsav” (“Utsav” meaning Festival) by tying the holy “Rakhi” cord at the hand of every passer-by at the time of the proposed partition of Bengal and thus connecting every inhabitant of the undivided Bengal in a fundamental communal bond. This being a broader patriotic spirit of the chromatic “Rakhi” tie, from a comparatively enclosed social spectrum, the sanctified “Rakhi” string is also facilitated to exalt, with deep-felt warmth and emotion, the nurturer of one’s brother’s daily living, that is, his wife. The “Rakhi” with which a sister graces her brother’s wife, that is her sister-in-law, is called the “Lumba Rakhi” (“Lumba” meaning Bangle). Just like a typical designed and dyed “Rakhi” string, the “Lumba” is however, not tied to the wrist of one’s “Bhabhi” (Sister-in-Law)—rather it is tied to a bangle and the bangle with the tied “Lumba” is given to the sister-in-law. This custom, being primarily a Marwari one (“Lumba” is a Marwari word), has, with the moving forward of time and society, gained foothold within other Indian communities as well. This is substantially a worthy tradition to practice for sisters and to bond, in a delightful manner with one’s sister-in-law like two true sisters and thereby intensify the fabric of the family.

Relative to this praxis of “Lumba Rakhi”, a pleasing development has got added in accomplishing the “Raksha Bandhan” fete, that is presenting a twin “Rakhi” set to one’s “Bhaiya” (Brother) and “Bhabhi”. Popular as “Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi” these sets comprise of a typical textured “Rakhi” cord meant for the brother and a “Lumba Rakhi” meant for the sister-in-law. With the touch of the ardor of modernity in celebrating the gala of “Raksha Bandhan”, gifting “Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi” to the married brother and his wife has become an indispensable feature of impeccably realizing the day of “Rakhi Purnima” (the heyday of “Rakhi”). During the present times, various famous gift stores and the e-shopping zones offer diverse and impressive types of “Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi” pairs with loving and innovative shape and design of the “Lumba”. For bestowing one’s brother and his better half with an unique “Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi” set, a sister can choose from a vast array of pairs like Fancy Pearl “Rakhi” Set for “Bhaiya Bhabhi” (1 Brother “Rakhi”, 1 “Lumba (“Bhabhi”) Rakhi”), Designer “Moti Bhaiya Bhabhi” Set With “Bhabhi” Gift (1 Brother Rakhi, 1 “Lumba (“Bhabhi”) Rakhi”), Exclusive “Kangan Rakhi” for “Bhabhi” With Fancy “Bhaiya Rakhi”, Traditional Zardozi Work Fancy “Rakhi” Set (1 Brother Rakhi, 1 “Lumba (“Bhabhi”) Rakhi”), Exclusive Peacock “Moti Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi” (1 Brother “Rakhi”, 1 “Lumba (“Bhabhi”) Rakhi”), A three piece set of “Rakhi” “Lumba” and “Bajubandh”, Resham Pearl & Diamond “Rakhi Lumba” Set (Set having Golden Zardosi work with Resham, Pearl & Diamond cut White stones), Pearls & Flowers “Rakhi Lumba” Set (Set having flowers in the center, “Lumba” hanging having White Motifs), Designer Fern And Petal “Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi” (Having Sparkling Red Beads and Pearls with Diamond), Finest Creativity Craft “Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi” Pair, Stylish Lotus Pearl “Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi” (Having Diamond, Red and Green Beads and White Pearls), “Raj Rani Keri” Pearls Pair (Traditional “Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi” with Colourful Beads and Orange and Golden Pearls), Unique Zari “Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi”, Bracelet Style “Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi” Set (1 Premium Handcrafted “Rakhi” for “Bhaiya”, 1 “Lumba” for “Bhabhi”)Diamonds Work “Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi”, Handcrafted Pearl “Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi”, Maroon Velvet Ball with White Crystal “Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi” Pair, Exclusive Premium Ruby “Bhaiya Bhabhi Ki Rakhi” Set (Studded Kundan Premium Rakhi Set), Choicest “Lumba” & “Rakhi” (An Excellent Combination of Red and White Pearly Beads in Floral Craft and Sequin Beauty), “Rudraksh Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi” Set (Unique Rudraksha Shaped Beads, combined with Golden Flowers and Petals) and plentiful of such enticing duos.

A certain deviation to the essential flavor of the “Raksha Bandhan” conviviality, but this gesture of drenching the better half of one’s brother with the chaste color of the “Rakhi” cord, surely is a welcome protocol to be followed by “Behenas” (Sisters) for times to come. This social protocol enables sisters to emotionally embrace their Bhabhis as a desired member of their family and to thank them for their fulsome presence in their brothers’ lives. Hence, as is evinced, the blessed “Rakhi” bracelet fundamentally serves to strengthen the feel of congeniality and family within the race of human-beings inhabiting this world.

A Sublime String Of Caress And Kinship

16 May 2016

Within all the fraternal relations existing in this world, the brother-sister relation is a most virtuous and vivacious one. One’s brother or sister is that distinctive person in one’s life with whom can be shared both of life’s destitute and delightful times with responding wholesome concern and esteem from that person. A brother or a sister is that gifted intimate person in one’s life with whom can be discussed all those affairs and apprehending decisions, which cannot be conveyed to parents. An elder or junior sibling is that singular friend of one’s life, who remains, no matter how much of quarrels have been undergone with him/her, as a fulsome endorser of any endeavor of the person, as the most prominent messenger of the person’s dreams and desires to parents and to whom return can be made again and again in life for experiencing the candied phenomenon of fraternal companionship and the innate feeling of kinship attachment. A brother or a sister is that exquisite person in one’s life whose existence gives the individual the mental bliss that there will be someone in this world who will be known as his/her intrinsic family member, after parents and with whom will be treasured those prized memories of one’s growing up years. The presence of sibling in life lets a person feel the delight of attachment to family even if he/she remains alone in life from the other specters of living. These discrete traits of the relationship make the nexus between a brother and a sister the singularly most cherished nexus of this world. The Hindu community of the world chooses a particular day of a year to laud this cherished nexus of fraternity with chaste vows and enticing rituals. Designating the day with the Hindi phrase of “Raksha Bandhan” (“Raksha” =To Protect and “Bandhan” =Link), the Hindus in India as well as across the world, celebrate this occasion with deep-felt congeniality on a day with a full moon night in the month of August. This clerical commemoration of the blessed bond between a brother and a sister requires the sister to fasten in the right wrist of her brother a chromatic string of fabric titled by Hindus as the “Rakhi” at the aforementioned heyday of “Raksha Bandhan”. What remains particularly unique to this ovation is that, this veneration not only esteems the bondage between a brother-sister duo of the same blood and family, but also lauds the nurtured fraternal connection between an unrelated man and woman. At pace with Hinduism, by tying this pious cord, a sister takes, with all the earnestness, the responsibility to desire for her brother’s physical and financial wellness every time she worships God and the brother also, by the tissues of the virtuous “Rakhi”, is avowed to patronize and protect his sister on any situation for lifetime. Germinating in the heart-brimming Hindu mythological tales and historical anecdotes, the religious custom of embellishing a brother-sister relation with this chaste and colorful “Rakhi” cord has not lost its brightness amid the waves of modernization, but has, rather, intensified, with fitting contemporary fervors, between every Hindu brother-sister pair.

 Initiating during the prosperous Indus Valley Civilization 6000 years ago, colorful silky strings of dyes orange and yellow and with edged cotton ends were used by sisters as the “Rakhi” to observe the ceremony of “Raksha Bandhan” during the bygone years. At those times, only fabric made “Rakhi” s with little or no decoration were availed by “Behena” s (Hindi word for Sister) to garnish the wrist of their “Bhai” s (Hindi word for Brother). With the evolution of time, pleasing diversifications have been introduced in the crafting of the pure tie of “Rakhi” which has been welcomed by the entire Hindu community. Termed as Fancy “Rakhi” these “Rakhi” s get made with varying materials ranging from pearl, sandalwood, beads, zari to semi precious stones and plating of precious metals like gold and silver. Typically these “Rakhis” s feature an enticingly crafted centerpiece placed over the main base material of the “Rakhi” and just in between the two fringed ends with elegant patterns or motifs carved on, some are again, “Rakhi”s which showcase an allover textured design with no centerpiece. “Rakhi” s devised in the pattern of men’s wrist bracelet are the most contemporary and welcome addition to the genre of Fancy “Rakhi”. The usage of the fabrics silk and cotton are surely used sometimes to create these fancy cords but those fabrics are decorated with eye-catching novelties like decorations of tinsel, frill zari and beads. Various reputed stores of renowned shopping malls and the online shopping portals offer a myriad range of the  Fancy “Rakhi” like Beautiful Sandalwood “Rakhi” with American Diamonds, Blue Beads Ganesh Motif “Rakhi”, Centralised Krishna Motif “Rakhi” with Colorful Beads, Colorful “Hanuman Chalisa” “Rakhi” (with the picture of Lord Hanuman as the center piece), Crystal & Beads “Sai Ram” “Rakhi” (with the picture of Saint “Sai Ram” as the center piece), Crystal Beads and Meenakari Shree “Rakhi” with Stones (with the exquisite Meenakari design), Dual Sandalwood “Rakhi” with Yellow & Red Thread (with Sandalwood pieces at the two ends), Multicolor Stone Beads & American Diamond studded Round Shape “Rakhi”, Floral Shape “Swastik” Sandalwood “Rakhi” (with the pious “Swastik” symbol of Hinduism carved over), Golden Beads Sandalwood “Rakhi”, Sandalwood Beads Metal Flower “Rakhi”, Peacock Kundan “Rakhi” (with the motif of peacock as the centerpiece and the exquisite Kundan design), Premium Stone Engraved “Rakhi”, Golden “Rakhi”, Silver “Swastika” “Rakhi” and similar such mind-riveting variations of the holy tie.

Novelty, as has been introduced and absorbed in the artistry of devising the divine “Rakhi” cord—however, the vibe of novelty has not, definitely, in any manner subdued the real significance of the pious tie. Rather, novelty has magnified the spirit encompassed within the blessed string of “Rakhi” that enjoins for eternity a brother with his sister and vice versa.

A Pious Cord Made Of Love And Meant For Coherence

14 May 2016

Of all the relationships in this world, the brother sister relation is one of the most chaste and dulcet one as this is a relation of adherence between the two genders of mankind which provides a wholesome assurance to man and a woman’s mind that, after parents, in this world there is someone to fall back upon during necessitous times and to hope for that exquisite heed and caress from the distinctive person, which got yielded only from parental hearts. The singularity of the brother-sister bondage lies in the fact that this is a link whose initiation can be done at any point of time, without any social or legal protocols. In addition to the inbred nexus of kinship shared by a man and a woman of the same blood, nascence of a bro-sis relation can happen between a lady and a gentleman at any moment, when they are connected to each other’s mind, by the feel of fraternity. This being a fundamental social truth, its certainty applies to all religions and cultures throughout the world. India, the land of traditions and values, designates a whole day for celebrating this aforementioned blessed bond between a man and a woman and entitles that day as “Rakhi Purnima”---a day with a full moon night in the month of August. On this day gets held the holy festival of “Raksha Bandhan” (Raksha=Safeguarding Bandhan=Bond), a most favored Hindu festival which commemorates, with rituals and joyousness, the divine linkage of fraternity between a brother and a sister. At this festival a sister, by blood or by “feel”, ties, with devout allegiance to all the related praxes, on the right wrist of her blood or “feel” brother a colorful cotton cord referred by Indians as “Rakhi”. By tying this “Rakhi”, a sister is committed for her lifetime to pray to God for her brother’s prosperity and gaiety and the brother is correspondingly avowed to render heart-felt melioration to his sister at all turns of her life. Thus the string of “Rakhi” is essentially a ritualistic symbol of the intrinsic and underlying oaths of the prized relationship shared by a brother with his sister and vice versa.

Selection of a knitted string of fabric, as the sign of “Rakhi” traces back its origin to the Mahabharata era, where princess “Draupadi” tied the wounded finger of Lord Krishna, her “Feel Brother”, by tearing away a part of her sari. This mythological anecdote is also one of the cardinal keys in the inception of the fete of “Raksha Bandhan”. The narrative showcases how Lord Krishna, emotionally affected by this gesture of the princess, promised to return each fabric of her cloth during her most needy spell and how he accomplished his promise by saving the dignity of “Draupadi” at her most destitute time. Thus this anecdote illuminates the importance of the “Rakhi” pledges which should be acknowledged by a related brother-sister duo.

A typical “Rakhi” is made of the fabric cotton and silk - with interwoven silken threads of color orange and yellow and resembles like the sleek wrist chain worn by boys. Some are enhanced with enticing embellishments like beads and sequins over the two fringed cotton ends, while some are simple chromatic strings, elegant solely by the trait of their chastity. The usage of the colors yellow and orange as the prime dye for crafting the interlaced strings of “Rakhi”, also bears a divine significance as the clerical belief emphasizes that these two hues are the chosen colors of the “Rakhi” used by the Hindu Goddess “Yamuna” and the Hindu Goddess “Lakshmi” to decorate the hands of their brothers, God “Yama” and the demon-king “Bali” respectively. The usage of the posh silk fabric to weave the main lay-out of a “Rakhi” and that of the simple but comfy cotton fabric to knit the girdled ends further expresses the combined essence of splendor and ease that delightfully bedecks a bro-sis nexus. From the period of Indus Valley Civilization, dating back to 6000 years, till this 22nd century, when diverse varieties of fanciful and mind-catching “Rakhi” cords of enthralling designs and textures have been brought in by numerous enterprises, the simple chromatic “Rakhi” strings, however, have not got faded away and just like all cherished vintage elements, continue to esteem universe’s most chaste bond between the two races of man and woman - the bond of brother and sister.

Recognize mother’s affection with cherished sentiments and endearment for her

2 May 2016

Mothers are the most generous and endowing of all relations inherited by us.  They are the prime base on which all our relationships flourish. What we owe to our mothers, can never be paid back to them during our lifetime. Without mothers, no self or the entity we title as “Society” would even persist. Each single mother in this world is entitled for caress and nurture. The singularity of a mother in her child’s life is something in itself which needs an ovation. As uttered Kate Douglas Wiggin "Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers, and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world." Mother's Day brings the spell to utter “Thank You” to every mother's divine love. It is a bout that urges for not much but only for the recognition of the endeavors and sufferings which a mother bears, for the sole fulfillment of her child’s dreams. Mother’s Day is essentially the time for offering sincere reverence to mothers and lauding the pious reality known as motherhood. Commemorated as a yearly occurrence throughout the world mainly on the second Sunday of May, the universality of this fete lies in its prime purpose i.e the esteeming of the sublime bondage between a mother and her child. As known to all, this nexus remains unchanged and intact throughout countries, cultures and religions and thus the idea of Mother’s Day has gained its foothold and significance in almost all countries of the world.

The concept of venerating motherhood is not novel in India as well. It is significantly emphasized in Indian mythologies as well with references to Goddesses as Ma an example of the same. Mothers and motherhood has always been offered distinctive honor in Indian society. The holiday of Mother’s Day is to fill mothers with lots of love and laughter. Accompanying one’s mother to pleasing outdoor experience like a movie-watching, sight-seeing, shopping with her, intensifies the blessed bond shared by her son/daughter with her and also fills her with a wholesome delightful experience. Mother’s Day can also be celebrated splendidly by staying at home. From preparing breakfast for one’s mother and letting her enjoying it in bed, to arranging for a spa or beauty treatment for her at home or in the salon, to letting her take a break from everyday household chores, the second Sunday of May can be earnestly dedicated to her. The cherry on the top can be a dinner-party held at home with she being the guest of honor and which will begin with showering her with titillating souvenirs like pleasurable Greetings Cards, jewelries, chocolates, cosmetics, riveting bouquets, and so on. Popular as a card and gift giving day in the metropolitan cities of the world, Mother’s Day has become the most commercialized holiday for dining out and jewelry sales. You too imbue your mother’s mind with the dulcet ardor of the day by nestling her with all the cosset. Send Mother’s Day Gifts to India Same Day through the virtual shopping portals and glut the core of your mother with scented sentiments. Dedicate one day of the year to that benevolent lady who gives her everything for ensuring your enhancement.