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.

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