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Religious festival ‘Rakhi’ celebrated across Pakistan

Published Aug 02, 2012 11:14pm


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Members of Pakistan's Hindu community celebrate the Raksha Bandhan festival in Karachi. – Photo by INP
Members of Pakistan's Hindu community celebrate the Raksha Bandhan festival in Karachi. – Photo by INP

TAXILA, Aug 2:  The Hindu religious festival Rakhi observed every year to mark the bond of love between brother and sister concluded here at the Gurdawara Punja Sahib on Thursday.

Over three thousand followers of Hindu and Sikh religion participated in the ‘Raksha Bandhan’ commonly known as Rakhi in which young girls and women tie Rakhis to the wrists of their brothers and exchanged greetings. As there is no major Hindu temple in this Potohar region, this festival is celebrated by the Hindus at the Punja Sahib.

On Thursday, a large number of girls tied a holy thread to boys and men, binding them in the sacred relationship of brotherhood.

After Rakhi ceremony and Pooja, the brother presents his sister with presents.

According to Hindu religion, Rakhi is a prominent Hindu festival that celebrates the relationship between brother and sister.

Hindus dress up for the occasion and sisters tie Rakhi (a holy thread) on their brothers’ wrists, usually at the time prescribed by the pundits.

The history of the festival dates back to the Vedic period. Deities and demons were fighting on a poornima (full-moon) day of the Hindu month of Shravan. Lord Indra, the king of the deities, was worried because the demons were in a stronger position, so his wife Indrani (also known as Shashikala) prepared a magical thread using her religious power and tied it to Indra’s right wrist.

The thread protected him and the deities won the battle eventually.

The magic was initially called Raksha Sutra, and renamed over time to Raksha Bandhan. The Hindu festival takes place on a poornima day in Shravan every year. Special security measures had been taken by the police and law enforcement agencies for the people gathered at the Gurdwara to mark the festival.—Correspondent


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Comments (11) Closed

Faraz Aug 03, 2012 06:15pm
All festivals of minorities should be given national status and prominience at the highes media level!!
Jose mokilo Aug 03, 2012 06:23am
What a great festival
@RameshManghirma Aug 03, 2012 07:46am
thanks God
gulshan Aug 03, 2012 07:46am
Thanks Dawn for reporting this event.
Jawaid Aug 03, 2012 09:09am
glad to hear such social activities are taking place to advance humanity, friendship and respect for all humans especially living and sharing in Pakistan.
anurag Aug 03, 2012 07:33pm
i appreciate this reporting
deepak Aug 03, 2012 09:53pm
Raksha Bandhan greetings to Pakistani sisters.
Kris Ramani Aug 03, 2012 10:34pm
This article relates to only one of many stories behind Rakhi, commonly known as Raksha Bandan. Story in this article is something new for me but go to Wikipedia and you will hear stories mostly about brothers, sisters and cousins not husband and wives. Anyway, the facts is that sisters and cousin sisters ties Rakhi on this day and in return get monetary or material gift from brother. The thread binding is for the brother's health and long life and also success if he is on his way to some important job.
Venkat Srinivasa Rao Aug 03, 2012 10:55pm
It is not even celebrated all over India.
Mohammadazeez Aug 03, 2012 11:15pm
What a peaceful and lovely smiles on those 2 children. May God bless them and keep them happy. Thanks Dawn for the story and picture. Show us more pictures. In my country (Viti) Hindu neighbour girls and women used to tie Rakhi Bandhan to muslim boys and men and we treated each other like brothers and sisters. If Pakistani Hindus , Muslims and Christians and Others do the same to each others , most of your disrespect towards minorities will disappear as you will all become brothers and sisters in the name of Humanity. Some Hindu ladies should tie a Rakhhi to Maulana Fazlur Rahman and others to other hate creating mullahs the will then understand what humanity means.
AAA Aug 04, 2012 03:56am
Funny how Pakistanis are now bending over backwards to portray their secularism and plurality after all but wiping out all the minorities!