Traditional meaning and significance of Rakhi emphasizes the deep bond between brothers and sisters. This page traces the traditional meaning of Raksha Bandhan.

Traditional Significance

The Raksha Bandhan festival is celebrated to commemorate the everlasting bond between brothers and sisters. Though it is marked by a simple ceremony, in which a woman ties a Rakhi on her brother's wrist, but it has got a great significance. The word Raksha signifies protection where as Bandhan means an enduring bond of love. The brother, on his part, recognizes this special bond and by extending his wrist forward, he in fact extends the hand of protection over his sister.

Another significant and important part of the Rakhi-tying ceremony is the Aarti ritual. This is done with a view to draw the blessings of God upon her brother. The following mantra (in Sanskrit) conveys the whole significance of Raksha Bandhan.

"Yena baddho Balee raajaa daanavendro mahaabalah
tena twaam anubadhnaami rakshe maa chala maa chala"

It says," I tie you the Rakhi, that was tied to king Bali, the king of Demons, O Rakhi I pray that you never waver in protecting your devotee.

The basic aim of all festivals and celebrations is to create a cordial and amicable relationship between people. The same holds true for Raksha Bandhan. The festival of Rakhi symbolizes togetherness, which is the essence of all celebrations. Raksha Bandhan teaches us the values and charms of relationships. The brother sister relationship is no where so worshiped as here in India. It is this affection and love that is celebrated on the Raksha Bandhan.