Rakhi, Celebrating the Sibling Bond

Rakhi, Celebrating the Sibling Bond

 By Aarti Natarajan Sharma

The sibling bond is one of the most precious bonds that exists. Brothers and sisters often grow up to be each other’s best friends. They become a support system in later life for each other to depend on. History has countless examples of how siblings help each other in times of need. 

Yama and Yamuna

According to Hindu mythology the custom of Raksha Bandhan got solidified because of this sibling pair. It is said that Yamuna tied a Rakhi on the wrist of her brother Yama, also known as God of Death. In response, Yama promised a long life to every brother on whose wrist a sister tied the thread of Rakhi. 

Krishna and Draupadi

The bond between Lord Krishna and Draupadi in the famous epic, Mahabharata, is well documented and referred to. It is believed that once Lord Krishna’s wrist was bleeding and seeing this Draupadi tore a piece of her expensive sari and tied it on his wrist to stem the flow of blood. This resulted in Lord Krishna stating she was henceforth his sister and vowing to protect her. 

Lord Vishnu and Parvati

Lord Shiva’s consort, Sati, was reborn as Parvati. However, Lord Shiva refused to marry her. She then appealed to Lord Vishnu who asked her to tie a Rakhi on his wrist so that he could convince Lord Shiva in the form of her brother. Parvati did this and Lord Vishnu convinced Lord Shiva to marry her.  

Raksha Bandhan

As the name suggests the festival of Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan is a day to celebrate and cherish the bond between brothers and sisters. On this day sisters tie a Rakhi on their brother’s wrist and pray for his long and healthy life. In return the brother promises to protect his sister from all calamities. Gifts are exchanged the feeling of family is reinforced. This year Raksha Bandha is falling on 22nd August. 



Gifting Ideas for Siblings

A special bond deserves gifts which are special. Raksha Bandhan is the day when everyone looks forward to meeting their siblings and celebrating the day. However, since 2020, with the pandemic this has not always been possible. Siblings have had to make do with virtual meetings and telephone calls. In such a scenario, sending a meaningful gift to your brother or sister takes on even more significance. Let’s take a look at some unique gifting options. 

  • Personalised Stationery
  • Stationery is always a welcome gift and if this can be customised then it becomes even more special and memorable. These stationery sets come in a host of vibrant colours like Charcoal Black, Peonies in Sunshine, Azure Royal Blue, Bubble Gum Pink, Dark Cherry Red, Steel Grey, Wild Berry Pink, Walnut Brown, Pearl River Grey and Sand. 

    You can add a name to these sets making them personalised. The set consists of the following items

    1. 50 best wishes card with envelopes
    2. 50 thank you cards with envelopes
    3. 50 shagun envelopes
    4. 50 A-4 size letterheads with envelopes
    5. 50 A-5 size letterheads with envelopes

    The best part about these stationery sets is that they come in a luxurious curated box with compartments for each of the items. This set makes a great addition for a desk, both personal and professional. 

  • Divine Gifting Items
  • Sending your sibling divinity gifts is a great gesture. Even if they are not religious, a divine gift is a thoughtful additional to any home. You have a number of options to choose from. 

    • Divine Bhakti Set: This set comprises of one Geeta Saar and 15 popular chalisas or prayer books. The prayer books are dedicated to Ganesh, Lakshmi, Shiv, Hanuman, Durga, Krishna, Sai, Saraswati, Gayatri, Vishnu, Navgrah, Shani, Bhairav, Ganga, and Ram. This divine bhakti set comes in a hardbound form with a beautifully curated box. It can be personalised with a name, a special message or even a photograph. 
    • Individual Prayer Books or Chalisas: You can gift individual chalisas of any god or goddess. They have both Hindi and English scripts. Made from premium quality paper with a large font, these make a beautiful gift. Personalised options are available in the form of a name, a photograph, or a special message. 
    • Sunderkand: The famous fifth chapter of the epic Ramayana, this is one of the most popular gifts, especially to devotees of Lord Hanuman. The Sunderkand describes in detail the adventures of Lord Hanuman and his qualities. It is one of the most widely read chapters of the epic. 

    There are several other gifting options available which can make your sibling feel special, especially if you can’t meet. Choose a wonderful gift and don’t let the pandemic spoil the festival of Raksha Bandhan for your sibling and you!


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