Raksha Bandhan 2023: Here's How Different States Celebrate The Day

Raksha Bandhan 2023 is set to bring families and communities together across India, each state adding its unique flavour to the festivities
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Raksha Bandhan, a cherished Indian festival, celebrates the eternal bond between siblings. Every year, this joyous occasion is marked by sisters tying colourful threads, or "rakhi," around their brothers' wrists, symbolising protection and love. As Raksha Bandhan 2023 approaches, let's delve into how various states across India uniquely commemorate this special day. From celebrating cattle to worshipping the sea, take a look at these states where unique festivities are observed on Raksha Bandhan.

Avani Avittam: Tamil Nadu And Kerala

Raksha Bandhan is not widely observed in several parts of South India. However, states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala mark the day as Avani Avittam. This festival is dedicated to the male members of the family. As the full moon graces the month of Sawan, people participate in a cleansing ritual by taking a dip in water, seeking forgiveness for their misdeeds. Afterwards, a sacred thread known as 'janeu' is adorned, replacing the old one. This act symbolises renewal, accompanied by a promise to engage in virtuous deeds in the upcoming year. On this significant day, it is also believed that scholars embark on the Yajur Veda reading, a practice that continues for the next six months.

Gamha Purnima: Odisha

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In Odisha, Gamha Purnima, a day to celebrate cattle such as cows and bullocks, is marked on the same day as Raksha Bandhan. Among the joyful customs, the locals engage in a spirited sport called Gamha Diyan. Furthermore, this day also observes Balarama's birthday, the elder sibling of Lord Sri Krishna.

Pavitropana Festival: Gujarat

In the western states such as Gujarat, the Pavitropana festival is celebrated on the same day as Raksha Bandhan. Local legends suggest that women visit temples to repent for their misdeeds. They express their reverence for Lord Shiva by offering water and other offerings to the Shivlinga.

Lumba Rakhi: Rajasthan

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Rajasthan celebrates a unique Rakhi known as Lumba Rakhi. Alongside the common North Indian practice of sisters tying rakhis to brothers, the Marwari and Rajasthani communities add a special touch by having girls tie rakhis to their brothers' wives. This gesture acknowledges the significant role of the wife, also known as "ardhangini" or better half, thus enhancing the essence of Raksha Bandhan.

Narali Poornima: Maharashtra

In Maharashtra and along coastal areas, Raksha Bandhan takes on the form of Narali Poornima, a festival dedicated to worshipping the sea. The local fishing community offers coconuts to the sea while households prepare dishes infused with coconut.

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