auspicious occasion of Rakshabandhan Celebrated with great love and joy in many parts of India. This day is observed to celebrate the beautiful bond shared between brother and sister. To mark the occasion, the sister ties a rakhi on the right wrist of her brother’s hand. The decorative thread marks the promise that a brother makes to his sister to protect her throughout her life.
Although Rakhi is a widely celebrated festival in Hindu culture, many people are unaware of when it should be taken off. According to Hindu scriptures, there is no specific time to wear rakhi. It is at the brother’s discretion as long as he wishes to continue wearing the thread.
However, in Maharashtrian culture it is said that the brother should continue wearing rakhi for 15 days from the day of Rakshabandhan. On the 15th day, a festival called Pola is celebrated by Maharashtrians. It is said that on certain days Marathi farmers pray to Lord Marbot Dev and also worship animals like bulls.
According to the Hindu calendar called Panchang, Rakshabandhan is celebrated on the full moon day of Shukla Paksha in the auspicious month of Shravan. This year, the day falls on Sunday, August 22. As part of the day’s rituals, both brother and sister wake up early in the morning, bathe and wear new clothes.
The sister has to fast till the brother ties the rakhi. Rakhi Thali Diya, Rakhi, bhai’s favorite savory sweet, is prepared with raw rice and kumkum. This thali is then kept before the Lord in the temple. During the auspicious muhurta of the day, both brother and sister pray to the Almighty, take his blessings and then take the thali from there.
The ceremony begins with the girl applying tilak and then applying rice on her brother’s forehead. Then, the rakhi is tied on the wrist and the sister gives sweets to her brother. Once done, the brother gives a gift to his sister and she then breaks her fast.