The relation between brother and sister is one of the most sacred and special relation in the entire world. It tells the awesome bond between bother and sister amongst which there are tons of secret and untold stories piled up. This relation is build on trust and belief on each other. Raksha Bandhan is a festival celebrated with great pomp and glamour to celebrate this awesome relationship. Raksha Bandhan is known by various names: Vish Tarak - the destroyer of venom, Punya Pradayak - the bestower of boons, and Pap Nashak - the destroyer of sins. The festival is also observed by Jains as a religious festival, as on Raksha Bandhan, Jain priests give threads to devotees. The festival is also celebrated by many communities as a secular festival. This secular aspect is observed among all people, irrespective of their religion, in West Bengal and Punjab.Various fairs are held in Punjab to mark the occasion.

The ritual is observed on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravan, on which sisters tie the sacred Rakhi string on their brothers' right wrists, and pray for their long life. On the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan sisters get up early, have a bath and then pray to Lord Ganesha and then perform the aarti of brothers, put tilak and rice on their forehead and tie a Rakhi on his wrist. Following which sweets are exchanged and celebrations continue throughout the day with families reuniting and doing fun activities together. In the modern world, siblings who live far away from each other send their wishes through phone or email and Rakhi is sent through the Rakhi cards. Rakhi tied by a sister means that they protected by their brother when in worst times. So its a thread tied with great hope and belief. According to one mythological allusion, Rakhi was intended to be the worship of the sea-god Varuna. Hence, offerings of coconut to Varuna, ceremonial bathing and fairs at waterfronts accompany this festival.

Once, Lord Indra stood almost vanquished in a long-drawn battle against the demons. Full of remorse, he sought the advice of Guru Brihaspati, who suggested for his sortie the auspicious day of Shravan Purnima (fullmoon day of the month of Shravan). On that day, Indra's wife and Brihaspati tied a sacred thread on the wrist of Indra, who then attacked the demon with renewed force and routed him.Thus the Raksha Bhandhan symbolizes all aspects of protection of the good from evil forces. Even in the great epic Mahabharata, we find Krishna advising Yudhishtthir to tie the puissant Rakhi to guard himself against impending evils. Also a story says that, Goddess Lakshmi tied a Rakhi and made Bali a brother, so that he would free Lord Vishnu ,from his palace as a gift, which was a wish of Bali granted by Vishnu as Vishnu won the three worlds from the demon King Bali. Also, there are also myths that describe the ritual as observed by Indrani and Yamuna for their respective brothers Indra and Yama. From the pages of history, the great Hindu King Porus refrained from striking Alexander, the Great because the latter’s wife had approached this mighty adversary and tied a Rakhi on his hand, prior to the battle, urging him not to hurt her husband.

Each colour has a significance in this festival. Tagore used white, so white signifies friendship while Indrani used red for her husband Indra, so red signifies Love and loyalty and the last Orange and Yellow is most popular in India as it was used by Laxmi and Yamuna for their brothers Bali and Yama so this colour is used for brothers.

This year Raksha Bandhan falls on Thursday, August 18, 2016.

Best time to tie Rakhi on Raksha Bandhan 2016 is during late afternoon.

Raksha Bandhan Thread Ceremony Time = 05:55 to 14:56

Aparahan Time Raksha Bandhan Muhurat = 13:42 to 14:56

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In this collection we are just sharing Raksha Bandhan images, quotes and pictures which can strengthen your bond among your siblings as well as friends. These images and pictures can really makeout the day of  your siblings or friends and so can be shared among your siblings, friends and relatives to spread a wave of true love, care and rememberance. So do share them among your siblings and make them feel the warmth of such a special and awesome day.


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