Raksha Bandhan is a festival that celebrates the bond between a brother and sister, who may be blood-related or not. On this promising occasion, the sisters tie a sacred thread i.e. rakhi, on their brother’s wrist. This ritual is done to wish for great well-being and long life for their brothers. It is one of the most valued festivals in the Hindu religion. Besides, they wait eagerly for it the whole year and celebrate it with great zeal in India.
According to Indian heritage, the thread (rakhi) was not only tied around the wrists of brothers by their sisters, but also by priests, who tied this guarding thread to the wrists of their kings for their prosperity and good health. As per Hindu mythology, Lord Indra’s wife Sachi tied a bracelet on his wrist to protect him from the evil king Bali. As a result in western states of India, the wives perform this ritual with their husbands. Rabindranath Tagore also sought the medium of Rakhi to stop the partition of Bengal which is now in the books of history.