The Significance of Raksha Bandhan
The word ‘Raksha Bandhan‘ means ‘bond of protection’ and the festival intensifies the bond of affection between brothers and sisters. There have been incidents in history where Rakhi, as a Raksha or protection, being tied by wife, daughter or mother and by hermits to the people. So we may say Rakhi is not confined to a brother-sister relationship and the festival transcends biological family too. Thus, a girl can show her sisterly affection to any boy through tying a Rakhi and the boy can remain her adopted brother. People can tie Rakhi to neighbours and promote the feeling of unity and mutual commitment to social life. The ceremony of tying Rakhi broadens the thoughts and strengthens love beyond the borders of family, religion, ethnicity, and nation.
The festival of Raksha Bandhan has far-reaching significance in today’s scenario. It invokes love, care, and respect, and emphasizes the need for peaceful coexistence across all boundaries. The festival conveys the message of universal brotherhood and sisterhood as well as the need of purity of mind and deeds, making way to the Vedic concept of Vasudhaiva kutumbakam (the whole world as one family).