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Rakhi Festival 2013 Also Known As Nariyel Poornima In India
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Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan is a festival that brings smile and joy in lives of all brothers and sisters. It is all about celebrating the bond of love and affection between a brother and sister. Rakhi 2013 is celebrated in various parts of India on full moon day of the month of Shravana. Rakhi date varies from year to year. During this year, 2013, Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on August 21. Every year the rakhi date is different. On this day brothers and sisters meet each other to enjoy the festival. Rakhi 2013 is mainly celebrated in Northern and Western regions of India. It is celebrated throughout the country, India, with the same passion and thrill. Celebrations in different regions may vary but Rakhi has now become an important festival.
In different states, Raksha Bandhan has different names. Even sometimes in different communities it is called by different names. In the same way the festival has a different significance in southern and coastal regions. Raksha Bandhan is also known as Rakhi Purnima. In the northern and western regions, it is celebrated with lot of espirit.
Rakhi Festival 2013 is about the promise of protection that brother gives to his sister when she ties the sacred thread on his wrist. The rakhi reflects her love and affection for her brother. She wishes God for his long life and to protect him from all evils. Rakhi festival is also known by other names such as Nariyal Purnima or coconut full moon in the Western Ghats that includes the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka. In these regions Raksha Bandhan indicates the beginning of a new season for those dependent on sea.
There are many stories revolving around rakhi history. During the ancient times, Rajputs sacrificed their lives in order to protect their sisters. During these times, Humayun had received a rakhi from the queen Karmavati of Chittor and because of this rakhi, Humayun protect her by opposing his own soldiers. This way he performed his duty as a brother.
The Raksha Bandhan festival is also known as Shravani or Kajari Purnima in Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar. In these places, it is an important day for farmers and women who have sons. Raksha Bandhan day is celebrated as Pavitropana in the state of Gujarat. People worship Lord Shiva on this day.
When is Rakhi?
Rakhi will be observed on August 21, the third Wednesday, this year. On the Raksha Bandhan day, the sister prepares a rakhi thali. On the rakhi thali or plate, she arranges vermillion, rice grains, lamp, rakhi, and sweets. She then wishes good and long life to her brother and ties him the rakhi, the sacred thread. As per rakhi history, it is important to have scared thread on the wrist with the chanting of the mantras. The rakhi should be sanctified using rice and durva grass. Those who know vedas can chant the mantras. This thread of protection protects the brother from all sins and eliminates diseases.
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