1.5 lakh rakhis, handmade by school kids for India’s soldiers, handed to Rajnath | Latest News India

Ahead of the Rakshabandhan festival, Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh met students from various schools and handed over the rakhis they had made to the soldiers who are relentlessly guarding the Indian border. Rakshabandhan which falls on the full moon day or the full moon of Shravan month signifies the eternal bond of love between brother and sister. This year the festival will be celebrated on August 11.

“As the defense minister of the country, I assure you that I will give these rakhis to the three army chiefs so that they can reach the jawans of all the three services,” Rajnath Singh said at an event in Delhi.

Speaking about the rakhis brought by the students, Dr Ramasubramanian, Senior Principal, Bharani Park Group of Institutions, Karur, Tamil Nadu said, “With much love and gratitude, we have brought 1.5 lakh handmade rakhis to the brave soldiers of our country. – 75,000 rakhis are printed with thirukkura and another 75,000 rakhis are handmade.

Rajnath Singh seeing Rakhis made by school students.(ANI)
Rajnath Singh seeing Rakhis made by school students.(ANI)

BJP leader Tarun Vijay noted that rakhis have been prepared in 18 different languages, of which around 25,000 are in Santali, the same tribal community that President Murmu hails from. “These rakhis are prepared in 18 languages. All of them are handmade, made in Tamil Nadu and around 25,000 are made in Santali language, we understand that it is the language of our tribal brothers and sisters and the president is from the Santali community,” he said.

According to religious beliefs, tying a rakhi – a talisman or amulet tied around the wrist – symbolizes a sister’s ceremonial expression of her religious promise during an auspicious time to protect and guide her brother spiritually.

The word “Raksha Bandhan” in Sanskrit means ‘bond of protection, obligation or concern’, which is the main principle behind this practice.

Also known as Rakhi, it is quite similar to Bhai Dooj in its essence and feel. In modern day celebrations, the festival is marked with grand feasts and brothers often return their love by giving gifts to their sisters.

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