Raksha Bandhan is a bondage of mutual trust and affection between brother and sister. Raksha Bandhan is also known as RAKHI. This year Raksha Bandhan falls on 13th August 2011.
Rakhi is a sacred thread with sister's love and affection for her brother. On the day of Raksha Bandhan sisters tie RAKHI on their brother's wrist and express their love to them. In return brothers sincerely take the responsibility of protecting their sisters. This RAKHI is considered a very strong mutual trust between sisters and brothers.
In history Rani Karnavati of Chittor who was a widow queen of Chittore realised that she could not defend against the invasion by the Sultan of Gujrat Bahasur Shah. So she sent a Rakhi to Emperor Humayun. The Emperor felt very touched about the sacred Rakhi. The Emperor immediately set off with his troops to defend Chittor. Humayun arrived too late, and Bahadur Shah managed to sack the Rani's fortress. Humayun evicted Bahadur Shah from fort and restored the kingdom to Karnavati's son, Vikramjit Singh. It is greatness of the Rakhi. About this event many historian did not agree. But what ever may be the case. If it was actual case then it has a high value of Rakhi in history.
Ritual And Celebration:
On the day of Raksha Bandhan sisters prepare the pooja thali, with diyas, roti, chawal and rakhis. They worship the goddess tie Rakhis on the wrist of their brothers and wishes for their well beings.
The festival is marked by the tying of a rakhi, or holy thread, by the sister on the wrist of her brother. The brother in return offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her as she presents sweets to him. The brother and sister traditionally feed one another sweets. Since north Indian kinship practices give cousins a status similar to siblings, girls and women often tie the rakhi to their male cousins as well. Unrelated boys and men who are considered to be brothers (munh-bola bhai or adopted brothers) can be tied rakhis, provided they commit to a lifelong obligation to provide protection to the woman or girl. Additionally, in cases when a sister is out of town, then another sister or cousin may tie a second Rakhi in her place.