In the north and north western parts of India, Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan festival is celebrated as Rakhi Purnima.

Rakhi Purnima

Raksha Bandhan is celebrated as Rakhi Purnima in the northern and northwestern parts of India with traditional gaiety and fervor. Though Rakhi Purnima is celebrated in many parts of India, it has different names, rituals and customs. On Rakhi Purnima or Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie a sacred thread around the wrists of their brothers and pray for their long life. This holy thread is called Rakhi- the bond of protection. In our scriptures Raksha Bandhan has been described as 'Punya Pradayak' (bestower of boons), 'Vish Tarak' (destroyer of venom), and 'Pap Nashak' (destroyer of sins).

On the Raksha Bandhan day, following an early bath, the Puja (worshipping of God) takes place. Before tying the sacred thread, the sister performs "Aarti". It is done to bring the blessings of the God on her brother. All these rituals are accompanied by chanting of "mantras" (sacred hymns). Putting of "tilak" on the forehead of the brother is also an important part of the ritual. The Rakhi Purnima is important in more than one way. It acquires different forms through out India. Though each region may have different reasons, names and rituals for Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi Purnima) but one thing always remains the same i.e. the close bond of love and care between brothers and sister.