August 25, 2018
Has Raksha Bandhan lost its sheen?
Raksha Bandhan festival which falls on the Shravan Purnima (the full moon day) of Shravan month (as per the Hindu calendar) which comes generally in the month of August is the most awaited festival for brothers and sisters as it does the celebration of sensitivity and love of the sibling relationship. When sisters tie beautiful Rakhi on the wrist of their brothers, they pray for his wellbeing. Brothers promise to stand by her in every ups and downs of life.
As every traditional festivity is associated with ancient legends and myths, Rakhi is no exception to it. It is believed that Yama, the Lord of death, was blessed with eternity as his sister, Yamuna tied up a Rakhi thread on his wrist. Since that time the festival of Raksha Bandhan is associated with tying of rakhi thread. And that symbolises was the power of Raksha Bandhan
However, nowadays pure values and blessings associated with Raksha Bandhan are merely seen anywhere. That great devotion and the affectionate bond between brothers and sisters now seems to be fading.
Gone are the days when sisters shop for new clothes and buy rakhis, especially the ones that have to be sent to the brothers staying far. For brothers and sisters separated by long distances, it is a day for remembering the bygone time. Sisters unable to meet their brothers sent Rakhi by post along with greeting cards or opted for e-mails, e-cards, and mobile SMSes.
But today's scenario is no longer what it used to be like. In today's rat race no one has time to even think about their siblings. Time has changed so rapidly that now Raksha Bandhan is treated as a custom where a sister ties a thread and brothers gives them a gift.
Just a simple question to all: Can't they have a single day for their sibling?
It's really a question to ponder upon !!
If this relationship keeps on degrading in such a pace then that day is not so far when Raksha Bandhan would not even be celebrated.
Bitter but true !!
So the time has come to take some initiative and save this relationship by taking out not just a single day for your sibling but having care and affectionate towards them every day.
So, at last, I would just like to say that while celebrating Raksha Bandhan one should not forget the love aspect which unites the two souls in a deep sacred relationship via a simple thread. It strengthens the bond of giving oneself for the sake of other not only in the times of difficulties and sorrows but also in moments of joy and happiness. Let’s not turn this festival into a mere custom inflicted upon us. Let’s hope it becomes a symbol of eternal promise and unconditional love for ages to come.
Happy Raksha Bandhan