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.

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