Rakhi Celebration as Shravani or Jandhyam Poornima

Rakhi Celebration as Shravani or Jandhyam Poornima

Rakhi celebration has surely become high-tech in today’s era. We now send Rakhi to India from USA or other countries and even deliver charismatic gifts to our loved ones. A simple thread like Rakhi holds hundreds of mythical stories and also thousands of ways to celebrate Raksha Bandhan. If India is so heterogeneous in its culture then we cannot possibly imagine the diversity in these cultures and the celebrations of a single festival across it. In a country like India, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated as Shravani Purnima, Gamha Purnima, Narali Purnima, Kajari Purnima and Pavitropana.

The festival of Raksha Bandhan tells the story of a decorated Rakhi of love, affection, care and duty between a brother and a sister. When a girl ties a Rakhi on her brother’s wrist and applies vermillion hue and rice tilak on his forehead, it is believed to be an expression of love between the two. In return he vows to protect her, whatsoever be the circumstances; this righteously depicts the essence of duty and immense care. In Andhra Pradesh, this festival of Raksha Bandhan is celebrated in a remarkable fashion every year. Here, this full moon day is termed as Shravani Purnima, Jandhyam Purnima or Janai Purnima.

In the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Jandhyam Purnima is mainly referred to as Janai Poornima. The name is derived from Sanskrit language of Hindus, where Jandhyam is a sacred thread or Yagnopaveetham and the word Purnima clearly means a full moon. On this full moon day of the month of Shravan, a thread changing ceremony is held. Mainly Dwiji or in common language Brahmins perform this sacred thread changing ceremony. In the districts of Champawat, the famous Bagwal fair is enjoyed by the excited crowd. You can even send Rakhi to India on this occasion to make the day even more memorable.

Rakhi Celebration as Shravani or Jandhyam Poornima

It is the tradition to sanctify the puja room while the threads are exchanged. For this custom, the performers do a ritual bath in the lakes or in the homes. Moreover, Maha Sankalpam is also recited during this Janeu Dharna ceremony. After reading the holy Gayatri Mantra, the new Janeu is worn. The old Janeu is referred to as the Jeerna Yagnopaveetha. According to the ritual, the Brahmins who didn’t get the opportunity to change their Janeu on this Shravan Purnima can do this on Bhadrapada Purnima.

It is the day of Rakhi which is the occasion of sanctity and harmony in Andhra Pradesh. Brahmins from all over the state take part in this ceremonial occasion. In addition to the bitter-sweet bond of a brother-sister relationship, it is also observed as a customary festival by several Hindu. This day of full moon is not only a symbol of care and love for a family but it also inspires a soul towards religion, purity and spirituality in the sacred lands of Andhra Pradesh.

Whether we talk about online Rakhis or virtual Rakhis or whether we gift a chocolate hamper or take a vow of protection, one thing will never change and that is true love behind a sweet simple relation of a brother and sister. This online Rakhi store can help you to stay in touch with your siblings and loved ones during this event by sending Rakhi gifts.

Dipsuta Published: Mar 23, 2017 | Last Updated: Oct 09, 2021
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