The Forgotten Rakhi Rituals – Raksha Bandhan
Raksha Bandhan is said to be the most valued tradition in terms of maintaining relationships. It is observed to celebrate the strong bond between a brother and sister. Brothers have been tied rakhi and in return, they pledge to take care and protect their sisters forever. There were traditions formulated by the ancestors to strengthen this bond but then we have manipulated those rituals with changing time. Let’s have a look into what Raksha Bandhan used to be and what we have done it now.
The ignored Janaeu (Raksha Bandhan)
Earlier the young Brahmin boys from the community used to discard old Janaeu (holy white thread) in exchange for a new one on the day of Raksha Bandhan.
Now a Days, Brahmin boys do not wear Janaeu at all.
The ethnic delicacies (Raksha Bandhan)
People used to worship Gods and Goddesses on the occasion of Rakhi and offered them vermilion and kheer.
Families now do not worship any deity and rather keep Goodies (desserts), dry fruits dishes and other seasonal delicacies.
The blessed entrance (Raksha Bandhan)
Palm imprints were drawn to decorate the entrance of a household with the paste of rice. It is said to ward off evil energies from the house.
But, people now stick handcrafted decorative door hanging, used to adorn the main entrance door. This has, in reality, no significance with the ritual.
The Positivity Ritual (Raksha Bandhan)
Thread Rakhis were stuck on the walls as part of Raksha Bandhan rituals. This is said to strengthen the love of a brother and sister. E-Rakhi greetings, E-Vouchers and E-gifts are fame & popular these days
Whereas, E-Rakhi greetings, E-Vouchers, and E-gifts are fame & popular these days which are just a formality and I’m sure these would also start getting extinct with time.
The Real Rakhi (Raksha Bandhan)
Rishis used to tie rakhis to those who would come to seek their blessings whereas Rakhis are being tied to Sister in Laws and Husbands as a Fashion Trend.
The sacred reason (Raksha Bandhan)
Rakhis were earlier tied to ward off evil. But people nowadays tie Rakhis to get Return Gifts & the celebrations now revolve around fancy meals, gifts, and vouchers.
The Outfit (Raksha Bandhan)
Ancient People had a fond of Wearing Stoned and Beaded Ornaments and Traditional Outfits such as Ghangra Chori, Dhoti, and Lungi. This was a good way to keep our Indian culture alive. Nowadays nobody cares about how the function is represented.
The precious Pledge (Raksha Bandhan)
As a Gift, the brother pledges to protect her and take care of his sister under all circumstances. But in today’s generation gifts such as cards, clothes, money or something usually of small denominations are preferred.
Beauty at its best (Raksha Bandhan)
Rangolis with Vermilion, Flour, and Turmeric were drawn at the entrance of houses. This is done to bring in auspiciousness and the entrance of Goddess Laxmi to your home. But people of today’s generation put artificial Rangolis, Colored brass Diyas, and floral rangolis are also available these days.
The unbreakable bonding (Raksha Bandhan)
In earlier days, once the rakhi has been tied, the siblings used to say a prayer for the well being of her brother – good health, prosperity and happiness.
The brothers and sisters of today’s era have a different concept of showing love to each other. the sentiment of love and togetherness between siblings are shared in the form of clicking Selfies and uploading Pictures on Social media Sites.