Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. The festival is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister relationship between men and women who are relatives or biologically unrelated. It is also called as Rakhi Purnima, or simply Rakhi and is celebrated in many parts of India and around the world.

Raksha Bandhan is an ancient festival, and has many myths and historic legends linked to it. For example, the Rajput queens practised the custom of sending rakhi threads to neighbouring rulers as token of brotherhood. On Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother’s wrist. This symbolizes the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s lifelong vow to protect her.The festival falls on the full moon day (Shravan Poornima) of the Shravan month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar. The Raksha Bandhan Rakhi or the red thread ‘Moli’ works as a reminder and is removed on the date of Janmashtami falling after Raksha Bandhan.

At Jagannath Temple, Odisha, Devi Subadhra, the sister is depicted in the centre and Krishna and Balaram (Lord Balabhadra) are on the left and right hand side of Devi Subadhra. Here Krishna is worshipped in the form of Lord Jagannath along with his brother and sister. Devi Subadhra was married to Arjuna and a brave boy Abhimanyu was born to them. Hence Rakhi Purnima is celebrated in the Shree Jagannath Temple on the occasion of Rakhi Purnima, in Puri Sister subhadra binds Rakhi to her brother Lord Jagannath and Lord Balabhadra. These Rakhis are created by Sri Jaga Patra and his family.

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