Today fifth of August happens to be Shravan Poornima, the full moon in the month of Shravan.  Today is the day which celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. Its Raksha Bandhan – a day when a small thread  strengthens the bond between two individuals.

The festival is marked by the tying of a rakhi, or holy thread by the sister on the wrist of her brother. It is a day when the siblings pray for each others’ well being and wish for each others’ happiness and goodwill.

The name ‘Raksha Bandhan’ suggests ‘a bond of protection’. On this auspicious day, brothers make a promise to their sisters to protect them from all harms and troubles and the sisters pray to God to protect their brother from all evil.

It is not necessary that the rakhi can be given only to a brother by birth; any male can be “adopted” as a brother by tying a rakhi on the person, whether they are cousins or a good friend.

After this intro on significance of Rakhi, here is some interesting trivia –

  • Rakhis are consecrated in rice and grass before they are given, and are traditionally tied to people familiar with the Vedas…. (I wonder how familiar are the people to whom I tied rakhi… 😉 )
  • The rakhi is believed to remove sin from one hand and provide safety to the other…. (Mukund and Harsha.. plz thank me for removing sin from your hand… 😛 )

Being the only child of my parents, I have always longed for a elder brother with whom I can share my thoughts, who will always be there to guide me, and with whom I can quarrel as well.

Today happens to be a very profitable day in my life since I have earned not one but two brothers.

Mukund – A elder one, with whom as I said earlier  share my thoughts, a great mentor, but yes cannot quarrel (not because of respect for him but because he is already scared of me 😀 .. so no question of quarrelling).

Harsha -And just like one of the Buy 1 Get 1 offers we get to hear these days, even here I got a free younger brother with a elder one. A great friend, very empathetic, quite sensible (I get to learn this from him sometimes….) guy.

Thanks Mukund and Harsha for making this day so special for me…. 🙂

Few lines to thank you guys(which definitely is not my creation.. ;-))…

Its a small thread that has traveled a long way.

From pulling each other’s leg, to growing into best of the friends….

Today its paused, at another milestone,

on the journey of friendship and love….

May this small thread bind us forever

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