INTRODUCTION – Celebrating Raksha Bandhan with Trishana Ramphal & Ashveer Ramphal
The festival of Raksha Bandhan was celebrated by Hindus around the world on 18 August 2016. Raksha Bandhan is a festival which celebrates the bond of affection between brothers and sisters. The name ‘Raksha Bandhan’ means ‘a bond of protection’. On this auspicious day, brothers make a promise to their sisters to protect them from all harm and trouble and the sisters pray to God to protect their brother from all evil. The ritual begins with a sister performing veneration for her brother, and thereafter she dots her brother’s forehead. She then ties a sacred thread, known as a ‘Rakhi’, on his right wrist and sweetens his mouth. In return, her brother promises to take care of his sister under all circumstances and usually presents her with a gift. The rituals performed on ‘Raksha Bandhan’ may differ from place to place, but they carry the same aura throughout the globe.
Image 1: The prayer tray consisting of a lamp, thiluk paste (red dot), a few grains of rice, Rakhi and a chocolate which are the requirements for the veneration.
Image 2: The lamp is lit and Trishana Ramphal is all set to commence with the veneration.
Image 3: A moment of laughter amongst the siblings considering that this may be the first and last time Ashveer Ramphal is being venerated by his big sister in such a traditional way.
Image 4: Trishana Ramphal dips her finger in the thiluk paste and grains of rice that she will thereafter apply for her brother.
Image 5: A smile for the camera as Trishana Ramphal applies the thiluk (dot) to Ashveer Ramphal’s forehead symbolic of him to be blessed with wealth and prosperity.
Image 6: Trishana Ramphal ties the Rakhi on Ashveer Ramphal’s right wrist.
Image 7: A closer look at this Rakhi, the sacred thread will usually have the image of the Hindu god/s responsible for protection and removing obstructions or the Aum sign.
Image 8: The siblings share another moment of laughter as Trishana Ramphal sweetens her brother’s mouth which is symbolic of ensuring he always has sweet and kind words to speak.
Image 9: The veneration is now complete with Ashveer Ramphal making a promise to always protect and stand by his sister.
Image 10: Sibling love portrayed in their own playful way definitely a Kodak moment for these two.
By: Candice J. Singh