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Rakshābandhan – A Dhārmic Ritual

In India, on the full moon day (Purnima) of the month Shravan (around the month of August), people celebrate Rakshābandhanam or popularly known as Rakhi. On this day, sisters fasten Rakhis around the wrists of their brothers or brother-like people. The word ‘Raksha’ means protection and ‘bandhanam’ means bracelet/thread etc., thus making it a metaphor for protection. Rakshābandhan is thought to be a gesture of protection towards the females. Rakhi is a bracelet normally made out of thread or silk with special decorations. There are different traditions celebrating Rakshābandhan in various parts of India. In some places, the priest in the village fastens Rakhi to the people of the village. In some places, wives fasten Rakhi on their husband’s wrists. But predominantly sisters fasten Rakhis. Procedure  There is a special procedure instructed on how to fasten a Rakhi in ‘Dharmasindhu’ and ‘Nirnayasindhu’.   It is said that on the day of Shravan Purnima, during noon, one should fasten a Rakhi chanting the below sloka – “येन बद्धो बली राजा दानवेन्द्रो महाबालः। तेन त्वामभिबध्नामि रक्षे! मा …