2. Significance and purpose
3. Stop denigration of deities through the medium of the rakhi!
4. Narali pournima
Deity Lakshmi tied a rakhi onto the wrist of the King Bali from hell thus making him Her brother and liberated Lord Narayan i.e. Vishnu. That day as per the Hindu lunar calendar was 'Shravan Paurnima'.
"By tying this wristband (raksha) onto your wrist I am binding you just like the powerful and generous King Bali was bound by it. O wristband, do not get displaced." The Bhavishya Puran states that Raksha Bandhan was basically meant for kings. A new custom of tying rakhis began from the historical ages. The sister is supposed to tie the rakhi to the brother's wrist. The feeling behind this is that the brother should become prosperous and he should protect the sister.
1.1 A Prayer
Along with a prayer of the sister for welfare of the brother and the brother for protection of the sister, both should pray for strength to protect the nation and Dharma.
The brother pledges to protect the sister in every birth. To symbolise this he allows her to tie a string on his wrist. The sister complies so that he keeps his promise. Since the historical ages this custom is prevalent to keep a brother and sister in a relationship. The rakhi is a symbol of the purity of a relationship between a sister and brother.
Just as the brother is bound by a promise to protect the sister after getting a string tied onto his wrist, so also the sister prays to God for his protection.
Examples of denigrating Rakhis
Hanuman and Cartoon Rakhis
Rakhi symbolising friendship between India and Pakistan.
Nowadays Om or pictures of deities are seen on rakhis. After use the rakhi is thrown out so in a way it is ridicule of the religious symbol and denigration of deities. To avoid this immerse the rakhis in water!
Also due to commercialisation of festival and lack of proper knowledge of its spiritual significance, people go far beyond in so-called creativity that compromises festival's very purpose. Picture above depicting 'Rakhi symbolising friendship between India and Pakistan' is such an example.
The full moon day (pournima) of the month of Shravan is also called Narali pournima. On this day, people residing in coastal regions worship the sea as a form of the deity Varun and offer coconuts. Offering coconuts on this day is both auspicious as well as symbolic of the energy of creation. It is said that, a confluence of rivers is more pure than a river. But of them all the sea is the most pure. A quote says, " The sea symbolizes all the places of pilgrimage. Worship of the sea itself is worship of Lord Varun."
‘If on the full moon day of Shravan, the lunar asterism Shravan is present, one has to perform this Vedic ritual. Shravani is a ritual in which one resumes learning and teaching after a long vacation. It is also referred to as Upakarma, Upakaran, etc. If the Shravan lunar asterism appears on the full moon day of Shravan then those following the Rugveda should perform a ritual on that day or on Nagpanchami for the Hasta lunar asterism, those following the Yajurveda on that day itself, followers of the Samaveda on the full moon day of Bhadrapad of the Hasta lunar asterism and the Atharvaveda followers on the full moon day of Shravan or Bhadrapad. Though this custom is very ancient and appropriate for the three classes (varnas) yet it is currently followed only by the Brahmans to a certain extent. Followers of the various Vedas should celebrate Shravani according to their household norms. Usually this ritual is performed jointly, in a group.’