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Raksha Bandhan Gift Hamper

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The festival of brother sister love is widely celebrated in India as well as abroad, which truly signifies the emotions and love between the siblings. This is the day when sisters tie a thread (rakhi) on the wrist of brothers, expressing the love for them and pray for their well-being. Brothers, on their part, promise to protect them from all evils. In Sanskrit, Raksha Bandhan means “the tie of protection“.

Raksha Bandhan is the festival of expressing love and making stronger bonds among family. To make this occasion more special and exciting for you, shubhpuja.com presents you the ‘Raksha Bhandan Hamper’. This gift hamper consists of everything you require to cherish the day and celebrate it in full spirit.

 

My Brother gift hamper contains:

  • Pierre Cardin designer pen
  • Roli
  • Chawal
  • Dry fruits
  • Rakhi Story card
  • Sweets-Chocolate
  • 2 exclusive Pearl Rakhis
  • Gyan Card sharing the story of Raksha Bandhan
  • Personalized Message Card
  • Reusable multi-purpose gift box

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My Sister gift hamper contains:

  • Designer Silk Scarf
  • Fashion Earrings
  • Dry fruits
  • Rakhi Story card
  • Sweets-Chocolate
  • Gyan Card sharing the story of Raksha Bandhan
  • Personalised Message Card
  • Rakhi Shagun Envelope
  • Reusable multi-purpose gift box

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The Eternal bond of Love: Origin of Raksha Bandhan

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The festival of brother sister love is widely celebrated in India as well as abroadshubhpuja.com, which truly signifies the emotions and love between the siblings. This is the day when sisters tie a thread (rakhi) on the wrist of brothers, expressing the love for them and pray for their well-being. Brothers, on their part, promise to protect them from all evils. In Sanskrit, Raksha Bhandan means “the tie of protection“.

But how did this festival originate and became a huge celebration worldwide? Let’s explore few of them.

 

Yama and Yamuna: 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.

The Tale of Lord Bali and Goddess Lakshmi: Once King Bali approached to the Lord Vishnu to get his kingdom safeguarded from its enemies. Lord Vishnu decided to help his great devotee. Goddess Lakshmi, the wife of Lord Vishnu, did not want her lord to leave the home and reached to the Bali’s mansion in disguise of Brahmin woman to seek shelter. On the auspicious day of Shravan Purnima Laxmi ji while tying a revered thread on Bali’s wrist told her purpose for being there. Touched by the tender feelings of Lakshmi ji for her family, Kind Bali requested Lord Vishnu to not leave his abode. Therefore the Rakhi festival is also called ‘Baleva’ that means the devotion of King Bali to Lord Vishnu.

Indra and Sachi: Indra, the king of devtas, had lost his kingdom to the asura Vritra. Indra’s wife Sachi than tied a thread around her husband’s wrist to ensure his victory in the upcoming war between him and Vrita. This was done at the behest of guru Brihaspati.

Draupadi and Krishna: Lord Krishna was left with a bleeding finger, after Shishupal’s death. To stop the flow of blood, Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas, had torn a strip of silk off her sari and tied it around Krishna’s wrist. Touched by her concern, Krishna declared to protect her and promised to repay the debt manifold.

Rani Karnawati and Emperor Humayun: During the medieval era, Rajputs were fighting Muslim invasions. When Rani Karnawati the widowed queen of the king of Chittor realised that she could in no way defend the invasion of the Sultan of Gujarat, Bahadur Shah, she sent a rakhi to Emperor Humayun. The Emperor touched by the gesture started off with his troops without wasting any time.

Alexander the Great’ wife and King Puru: During 300 B.C. when Alexander invaded India; he was afraid by the fury of the Indian king Puru in his first attempt. Upset by this, Alexander’s wife, who had heard of the Rakhi festival, approached King Puru. King Puru accepted her as his sister and when the opportunity came during the war, he refrained from Alexander.

Rabindranath Tagore’s call to nation: During the partition of Bengal in 1905, Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobelshubhpuja.com laureate poet used the occasion of the Raksha Bandhan as a community festival and gave a call to tie a rakhi amongst all Hindus and Muslims so as to maintain peace and harmony between them and spread the nationalist spirit among people from different ethnic backgrounds.

 

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10 Facts Revealing the Eternal Love of Siblings

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shubhpuja.comRelationships are a precious gift that makes you feel special and loved in this world. The feeling of ‘Vasudev Kutumbakam’ is realized when the bonds of selfless love are nurtured and provides a reason to survive in this world. To cherish the connecting bond with our soul and the supreme Universe, become a part of the Indian traditional festivals. Here are few highlighting facts about Bhai-dooj.

  1. Bhai Dooj is referred by various names depending upon the states. Like Bhai Phota in Bengal, Bhai Tika in Nepal, Ningol Chakuba in Manipur, Yama Dwiteya in Orissa and Bhau beej in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa.
  2. Bhai means ‘brother’ and Dooj means ‘second day after new moon’; so it is celebrated two days after Deepawali during the Shukla Paksh of Kartik month.
  3. The pious festival involves the applying of vermillion on brother’s forehead by revering the beautiful bond between brothers and sisters.
  4. To cherish the eternal knot between siblings, they exchange gifts and feasts are organized among family members.
  5. On this day, Lord Yama visited Yami and she greeted her by applying a vermillion mark on his forehead and praying for his longevity and well-being.
  6. Subhadra welcomed Lord Krishna by applying tilak on his forehead, when he reached home after defeating devil Naraksura.
  7. King Nandivardhan (brother of Lord Mahavira) was soothed by his sister Sudarshana, when Lord Mahavira attained nirvana.
  8. This day is the cultural representation of Indian culture where men and women clad in the best ethnic and elegant attires.
  9. Fasts is observed by the sisters till they apply tilak on their brother’s forehead and later they enjoy the lavish treat together.
  10. The post Diwali celebration of the five day festival is completed on a happy note and glorifies the eternal love of siblings and families.

Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja

Loving bond between Couples: Karva Chauth and its Scientific Relevance

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The warmth of festive season is at its peak. Beautifully attired women, with henna applied on their hands offering prayers to Moon for the long life span of her partner (Pati-parmeshwar), is a long known tradition in Hinduism. Yea I am talking about the pious fasting of Karva-Chauth, where married women fast for the long life of their husbands and maintain peace and prosperity among the family relations. Numerous beliefs and sentiments have been attached to this festival, varying as per geographical relevance and traditions.

When is Karva Chauth celebrated?shubhpuja.com

Literally ‘Karva’ mean earthen oil lamp and ‘Chauth’ means four; thus this festival falls on the fourth day of the Kartik month according to the Hindu calendar. It is generally observed eight days after Dussehra. This is also the time when the onset of Rabi crops begin, so people used to gather together to wish and pray for a good harvest in this season.

Origin of Karva Chauth:

The initial significance of fasting on the day of karva Chauth was entirely different than what it has emerged with years. This festival was celebrated to symbolise the loving relationship between the bride and other women in her in-laws, who would be best-friends or sisters for life. As the girl was away from her parents and could not share her emotions with anyone in her in-laws, so she searched for her support and became friend with another lady. Now she could freely discuss her marital life as well as other stories, which leads to a strong bond between them. This festival was a signal to celebrate and honour their friendship between god-friends or god-sisters. Later the sentiments of fasting for the longevity of her husband were attached to this.

Scientific relevance of Karva Chauth:

The association between fasting by wife and increased life span of the husband is treated differently by various people. Few of them follow it because of traditional values and others might be reluctant and do it by force. So the clear picture is always a question wandering in our heads. Scientifically fasting has a biological relevance due to higher detoxification and protein synthesis in the body. As per the study of starvation-resistant biological program, it is proven that the stem cell potency and reproductive potential is preserved during the process. Whereas the high orgasmic frequency among human beings increase their span of living. Now if we attach both the results together, it is clear that fasting leads to longer reproductive capability among females and thus more sexual activity during her long life. It directly affects her partner, thus increasing his life expectancy.shubhpuja.com

Along with this, praying to Moon during Kartik month has extra benefits as the coolness and calmness provides us with better body metabolism. The heat and energy in the body is controlled which in turn is concerned with the digestive, enzymatic, and endocrine systems.

Thus the nirjalahaar (without food and water) vrat along with ‘sargi’ (food before observing fast) and ‘baayna’ (gifts offered to in-laws) results in maintaining a precious bond between families. It provides will power to the females and reciprocates their love for her husband. The mythological importance has also been mentioned in Mahabharata, where Draupadi inquires about the fast from Lord Krishna.

 

Contributed By: Meenakshi Ahuja