The love in my body and heart
For the earth’s shadow and light
Has stayed over years.
With its cares and its hope it has thrown
A language of its own
Into blue skies.
It lives in my joys and glooms
In the spring night’s buds and blooms
Like a Rakhi-band
On the Future’s hand.
– Rabindranath Tagore
Raksha Bandhan is known to be an Indian festival which falls on the day of Full Moon (Rakhi Purnima) when the sisters tie Rakhi, a decorated thread on the wrists of her brothers. This festival is considered as a day to celebrate the sacred relation of a brother and a sister. This Rakhi or the Raksha Bandhan symbolizes Raksha or protection. It means that the brothers will protect their sisters.
Much of my life till today has been a quest to get the answer that why do we tie Rakhi to only brothers and not to our sisters. Because, if it only means seeking protection, our sisters can do it quite well I believe. I never had my own brother and my cousin brothers used to stay far. So my sister and I used to tie Rakhi to my grandfather. Till today we do so. In childhood, Rakhi was only about tying the thread to our Grandfather’s wrist and taking gifts from him. When I grew up, I wondered, why this festival is only focused on brothers.
And we don’t spare our God also from this. We tie Rakhis to Gopal ji, Lord Krishna or Ganesh ji but never to Maa Durga or Maa Kali, where surprisingly they are known to be much stronger Goddesses according to Hindu mythology.
This way, Raksha bandhan portrays the women to be weaker and fragile and who needs security and protection by their brothers or by men. I think as far as the Raksha part is concerned, our sisters can do it quite well too. There are plenty examples of brave women not only in India but also in the entire world who has been awarded several bravery awards.
Hence on this auspicious day, I would like to wish all a very Happy Rakhi Purnima and Raksha Bandhan.
May God gives you all the strength to protect yourselves.
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