Sunday, August 9, 2009

Raksha Bandhan celebrations at standing committee

Raksha Bandhan is an age-old tradition of celebrating the eternal bond of love shared by brothers and sisters. The celebrations of the day were seen even at the weekly NMMC Standing Committee meet as well. Take a look.

Raksha Bandhan is one of the most significant festivals and is celebrated with much euphoria in India. It’s the celebration of the special bond between a brother and a sister – an integral part of the Indian heritage for generations now. Sisters on this day tie ‘rakhi’ to brothers for the strengthening for their good health, wealth, happiness and success and brothers in return gives his silent word of honor to protect their sisters from danger. Legend has it that Rakhi Purnima originated when Indrani, wife of Lord Indra, prepared a talisman, which she tied on her husband's wrist on Sravan Poornima to win the battle against the demons. The power of the talisman made the Gods victorious. Ever since, on Sravan Poornima, the tradition of tying the thread began. While tying the rakhi, the sister chants a holy mantra, which means, "I am tying a Raksha to you, similar to the one tied to Bali, the powerful king of the demons. Oh Raksha, be firm, do not waver." Traditional tilak is put on the forehead of the brother and the brother blesses his sister. The celebrations were also seen at the weekly Standing Committee meeting where members of Prajapita Brahmakumari arrived and tied rakhi to Commissioner Vijay Nahata, Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik and all the members and officials present during the meet.

Raksha Bandhan has been and always will be an occasion to cherish and strengthen the beautiful bond shared by brothers and sisters.

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