Celebration of Raksha Bandhan in Different Parts of India


 The joy of Rakhsha Bandhan never ends. No matter where you are celebrating Rakhsha Bandhan, in the northernmost region of Kashmir or on in the southernmost city of India, Kanyakumari, it is always special.

An atmosphere of joy spreads throughout the nation, as people all over India immerse themselves in the delight of this day. No matter where, the spirit of Rakhi is never diminished.

No event in the world can replicate the joy of Rakhi in India.

Celebration of Rakhsha Bandhan All Over the Country

India is the land of diversity. An amalgamation of cultures and customs is what it constitutes. With each region adding its own unique flavor to this eve, India is definitely the country where you want to be on Rakhi.

The country is primarily divided into 4 regions, north, south, west, and east. Here are some of the unique ways that they celebrate this eve.

 The Celebration of Raksha Bandhan in the North

No other region in India varies as much as the North. From Kashmir and the outlying states of Punjab, it is a beautiful coalescence of cultures.

Ceremony of Kite Flying in Jammu

Some of the unique ways in which the states of the North celebrate the day of  Rakhi include –

  1. The Festival of Salono in Haryana

    On this auspicious day of Rakhi people of Haryana celebrate Salano where, priests tie the amulets of good luck and charm on the wrists of people to ward off evil.

  2. The Ceremony of Kite Flying in Jammu

    After the Rakhi ceremony is complete, kite flying is done to add to the spark to the celebration. Kites of all colors, shapes, and sizes are flown by people to enjoy Rakhi.

The Celebration of Raksha Bandhan in the East

Some of the states lying in the eastern part of India are West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orrisa. In these places, Raksha Bandhan is marked with the same cultural richness and diversity as its counterparts.

Krishna Puja In West Bengal and Orissa

A joyous reciprocation of love ensues as the sister ties the bond of Rakhi on the wrist of her brother. In turn, the brother showers her with gifts and presents. The Eastern states of West Bengal, Orissa and Bihar have their own unique take on rakhi –

  1. Krishna Puja in West Bengal and Orissa

    The deities, Radha and Krishna are revered here. Prayers are offered to the two, honoring them.

  2. Kajari Purnima in Bihar, Chattisgarh, and Jarkhand

    In states like Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh, people call Rakhi festival Shravani or Kajari. A day of special significance to both, women and farmers.

 The Celebration of Rakhsha Bandhan in the West

In the western states of Maharashtra, Goa, and Gujarat, the day of Rakhi coincides with “Naariyal Purnima”. This adds to the reverence and auspiciousness of this grand day.

Nariyal Purnima

Some of the unique ways in which Rakhi is celebrated in these states are –

  1. Nariyal Purnima in Goa

    Nariyal Purnima or the Coconut full moon is a special festival dedicated to Lord Varuna – the sea God. Coconuts are offered to Lord Varuna by the fishing community here.

  2. The Celebration of Pavitropana in Gujarat

    Rakhi is celebrated in Gujarat alongside the festival of Pavitropana. Being ardent devotees of Lord Shiva, Gujaratis offer prayers to Lord Shiva on this day and seek out his blessings.

 The Celebration of Rakhsha Bandhan in the South

 

As is observed in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka, the sister ties the Rakhi thread on the wrist of her beloved brother, and is in turn is showered with gifts.

Avani Attam

But the Rakhi celebration in the South does not simply end there. Different Southern states have their own unique take on this eve. Some of the ways in which they celebrate this eve is –

  1. The Celebration of Avani Attam or Upakramam

    Legend has it that Lord Vishnu, one of the most revered deities in Hindu mythology, recovered the stolen vedas on this day, so people celebrate their victory on this auspicious day.

  2. Celebration of Rakhi Among Brahmin Males

    Males of the Brahmin community hold special reverence to this event.

Now you can easily send rakhi online and if your brother stays outside India, then also your rakhi will reach him, no matter the distance!

After all “A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.”

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