People across India await the arrival of Raksha Bandhan with eager pleasure. This unique festival is not confined to any particular caste or creed. Everyone is welcome to participate, for it centres on a concept called ‘protection’. Just a simple and sacred thread known as ‘rakhi’, suffices to bring about a wonderful unity between brother and sister. The sister ties the rakhi on her brother’s wrist, requesting his protection for life. The brother vows to give it.
Even historical figures used the concept to their advantage when in dire need. For instance, when King Purushottam of Punjab defeated the Greek Alexander in battle, the latter’s wife tied a rakhi on the Indian ruler’s hand. This prevented her husband from being killed. Similarly, the Queen of Chittoor used a rakhi to obtain Emperor Humayun’s protection against an invading king, Bahadur Shah.
Earlier, the rakhi comprised of a simple thread. It was quite traditional in appearance. Over the years, however, innovative designers came up with diverse kinds of rakhis to suit everyone’s taste. The customer has the option of choosing from a large variety, from either offline or online shops. If one desires to make an online purchase, it would be advisable to order early, such that the establishment is able to make the rakhi delivery on time.
With the kind of things available in the marketplace today, one should not be too surprised to find rakhis made from precious stones or metals. They consist of thin or thick gold or silver chains studded with silver/gold creations, emeralds, diamonds, pearls, etc. Sometimes, semi-precious stones are also used. Whatever is the case, the designs are glorious to behold. They may be conservative or modern in nature. Such rakhis are terribly expensive.
Divinity in all Forms
Some prefer to carry divine symbols along with them, wherever they go, at least for that particular day. Towards this end, they may go in for sacred threads designed from silver, gold, plastic, etc, displaying creative designs and colours. The designs focus on the images of Gods/Goddesses or symbols such as Swastika, Om, etc. The idea is to obtain divine blessings throughout the day.
Children of all ages celebrate Raksha Bandhan with great fervour. They adore rakhis made from decorative beads, strings, etc. Even the shapes, sizes and patterns are different from the rakhis designed for adults. They are meant to delight the small hearts!
Trendy and Stylish
Some people like to be different from everyone else. As a result, they opt for the latest trends, even where rakhis are concerned. To illustrate, charm rakhis have become something of a craze, since they are supposed to bring good fortune. Amongst them, the Feng Shui charm rakhi is most popular. Then again, there are the currency rakhis, wherein plastic or paper is used. Musical rakhis produce melodious music in a human voice or an animal’s voice. Sometimes, a stuffed toy is placed in the middle of the sacred thread. When it is pressed, it produces musical sounds.